The Margaret Stansfeld building at the Bedford College, Cauldwell street campus is in demand from families who have an individual member needing specialist help.
Learning is not limited to the confines of the purpose-built building – students are encouraged to take on projects which broaden their horizons and increase their confidence.
Among the community activities, there has been a link between Bedford College’s foundation level students and Elstow Abbey Church. Students may have learning challenges but they have “dug in” to help.
The friendship was forged after a visit to the church tea gardens and talking to the Priest in charge Father Paul Messam.
Adult course manager Karen Fulford is a horticultural enthusiast and brought along the students to help clear the church yard and pick tonnes of tomatoes from an abandoned plot nearby. They turned them into soup and sold them as part of their Business and Catering training. That combined with other projects at the college campus brought the total to £55 towards a community appeal – every little counts.
The Hillersden Hall heritage project at Elstow Abbey brings together a 1,000 years of history in this English village.
Starting as a nunnery built by the niece of William the Conqueror, Elstow Abbey has survived King Henry VIII’s reformation, two World Wars and will still be standing when the current Coronavirus crisis is over.
Work began in the 21st Century with the first phase being the restoration of the ruins, completed at a cost of £233,000. Now fund-raising continues for the second of four phases.