Beaumont College, Scope’s Further Education College in Lancaster, was proud to welcome the Bishop of Blackburn earlier this month as he met students to learn more about their life at college.
The Bishop took up his position in March 2004, and has since used his seat in the House of Lords to press the Government on issues relating to young people and disability. This was his first time meeting staff and students at Beaumont College – situated in his Diocese – and his visit proved to be inspirational not only for staff and students of the college, but also for the Bishop himself.
The Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Nicholas Reade, said after his visit:
“I was very, very deeply moved and impressed by everything I experienced at Beaumont College. For once it was neither hyperbole nor romanticism to talk of miracles.
“Futuristic technology, endless patience, imagination and care by tutors and support staff, and reservoirs of realistic compassion that ought to hallmark every Christian community, combine to proclaim for people with severe physical and learning difficulties new life in all its glorious potential.
“Everyone – students and staff – was so open about what they were doing, in helping me to understand what was being achieved. I came away deeply grateful for all I had experienced, and so better informed to be able to talk of the College’s wonderful work in wider communities.”