RNIB College Loughborough Celebrate 30 Years!

Posted: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 15:18

RNIB College Loughborough Celebrate 30 Years!

On Wednesday 18 September, the RNIB College celebrated their 30 Anniversary. Staff, students and friends of the College listened to stories from current and former principals as well as Chair of RNIB, Ellie Southwood and then raised a toast to the College followed by a selection of cakes.

Current staff and students heard how the RNIB College relocated from London to a specially designed college building next to Loughborough College. There was a UK wide search for a mainstream college partner, but Loughborough College was the final choice. It was pioneering at the time as it was the first blind college to be so closely linked to a mainstream college. There was a display of old college articles and memorabilia, all of which was kindly loaned to the College by former and current staff and Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers who searched their archives to find news articles.

Today the College is very different, but has the same friendliness, warmth and 'can do' attitude to support its students. A small, friendly Further Education College taking students with a wide range of disabilities, many of whom have autism and learning difficulties. Students can learn in the enterprises, such as the Bell Bar, eBay, College Office and the Media Hub, as well as accessing mainstream courses at Loughborough College with the support of RNIB College. Students can also participate in the Supported Internship programme for individuals wanting to improve their employability skills on a work based education programme.

RNIB College's Family Open Day is coming up on Saturday 28 September, from 10am until 2pm. If you have a son or daughter or know or care for a young person currently at a special school and are starting to think about options in the next few years when they finish school, why not come to the Open Day? You'll be able to meet College staff and there will be lots of activities that they can enjoy. Please phone Vikky Perry Page on 01509 631 220 to confirm that you are attending.

Tags: RNIB College, Anniversary, Celebration, Sight Loss, Disabilities, Governors