The Bourne Resource Centre and Sense College in Bourne is shortlisted for award

Sense has been nominated for an award for helping people like Steven Withycombe, who is pictured volunteering at Bourne shop Spice of Life
Sense has been nominated for an award for helping people like Steven Withycombe, who is pictured volunteering at Bourne shop Spice of Life
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A SPECIALIST educational centre run by a charity has been shortlisted for a national award.

The Bourne Resource Centre and Sense College in South Fen Road, Bourne, is run by deafblind charity Sense and has been shortlisted in the charity’s awards in the team of the year category.

The team will find out if they have won at an awards ceremony in London in October.

The centre is part of an independent specialist college for young people and adults who have sensory impairments. Students learn a range of communication and lifestyle skills and have access to adapted facilities including pottery, woodwork, cookery and horticulture.

The centre supports people like 44 year-old Steven Withycombe, from Market Deeping.

He is blind, has a hearing impairment and relies on digital hearing aids, Braille and hand-on-hand finger spelling to communicate.

As part of his college programme, Steven is supported to volunteer at health food shop Spice of Life in the Burghley Centre, Bourne, where he helps out with tasks including receiving deliveries, bagging up ingredients and pricing goods.

Chief executive of Sense Gillian Morbey said: “I am delighted that the team has been nominated as their contribution shows how much deafblind people can accomplish and this deserves to be celebrated. Congratulations.”