College’s plans for former care home

STUDENTS with disabilities could get an educational boost if Boston College’s plans to take over a town care home closed earlier this year are successful.

Ingelow Manor, which has stood empty since Lincolnshire County Council closed it earlier this year, could be used to provide specialist accommodation for the students for day care facilities provided in partnership with local voluntary groups.

In a statement sent to Boston Borough Council’s planning department with the application the college said it would aim to maintain a community service and deliver practical training and work experience.

It also said it would undertake a programme of refurbishment at the Rowley Road site.

College principal Amanda Mosek told the Standard: “The College has a number of students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

“At present, we are restricted in the numbers we are able to accept onto courses because we do not have sufficient specialist resources or enough accommodation.”

She said the plans would mean the college would be able to accept about 10 more students with moderate or complex disabilities because the former care home already has many of the facilities to meet their needs.

It would also help the college’s mission to ‘be a brilliant college that transforms people’s lives and makes an outstanding contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of Boston and the surrounding areas.’

Mrs Mosek added: “We feel this will benefit local people as it means they will be able to study at Boston rather than have to travel further field to access appropriate education.

“It is about trying to ensure that the College is helping to support the local community in these difficult times.”