Ashfield MP Lee Anderson finds out how 'real jewel' Portland College is protecting students during Covid-19 pandemic

Ashfield MP Lee Anderson has visited a college testing site to find out how it is protecting its vulnerable students against Covid-19.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 4:17 pm

Mr Anderson went along to Portland College on the Mansfield-Ashfield border to meet the testing team and for a tour of the Nottingham Road campus – where students are developing their employability, independence and communication skills.

During his socially-distanced visit, he also enjoyed watching staff and students take part in Red Nose Day activities and found out more about how the college’s day service has adapted to the pandemic.

“Portland College is a real jewel in Ashfield’s crown,” said the MP.

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Ashfield MP Lee Anderson finds out how 'real jewel' Portland College is protecting students during Covid-19 pandemic.

"The college continues to go from strength to strength and everyone there has adapted well to the new testing facility, and day services haven’t been interrupted due to the pandemic.

"I can’t wait to visit again once the lockdown measures ease.”

College staff shared their vision for the Newstart Hall which will open later this year as a state-of-the-art sports and performance centre – a facility that will benefit communities through expressive arts and sports programmes, theatre performances and a brand new coffee shop.

The visit also provided staff with an opportunity do discuss Portland’s strategic plan which will see the college help more young people with disabilities to strive for brighter futures.

Amy Fox, speaking on behalf of the college, said: “Lee fed into our consultation and his insight and support will be really valuable in driving the plan forward.

"We were delighted to welcome Lee Anderson to campus to showcase what we do.”

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