Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Anita Ward was welcomed by learners, staff and governors of Queen Alexandra College (QAC) in Harborne as guest of honour at the charity’s annual general meeting.
Chair of Governors, Professor John Hilbourne, welcomed the Lord Mayor and a large audience of people to the event which celebrated another successful year – including an ‘outstanding’ grade from Ofsted for learners’ contribution to the local community.
The Lord Mayor, who herself has a strong connection with charitable work, spoke of how the work that QAC does should attract a higher profile as a ‘Jewel in Birmingham’s Crown’. In a tweet, later that day, Councillor Ward described QAC as an inspirational place and expressed her appreciation of a presentation by Daniel, a learner with autism, in which he explained that autism need not be a barrier to a successful life provided that individuals receive the kind of support available at QAC.
QAC is an independent specialist day and residential college for people with disabilities. Learners and clients aged 16 plus come from throughout the UK to gain qualifications, learn to live independently and gain skills for employment. College Principal Hugh Williams, reflected upon the successes of QAC’s learners throughout the past year and the continued development of the College which was proud to welcome the City’s leader.