Project information

Opportunities for All - Accessible Minibus

The ‘Opportunities for All’ project will provide a wheelchair accessible tail lift minibus to ensure ALL students at the Royal National College for the Blind have the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of activities. All can ‘have-a-go’, build confidence, make friends and work together.

July 2010 - March 2011

Charity information: The Royal National College for the Blind

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  • Need


    The College provides activities to all students to expand their experiences and opportunities. However it has become increasingly difficult to cater for all students when travelling off-campus and currently wheelchair users have to travel separately by car whilst their peers travel by minibus. Spaces available for each activity are limited as there is only one minibus available, leaving some students unable to join in. Those staying behind may be likely to lead quite sedentary lives in college.


    A new minibus with tail lift and space for two wheelchair users will allow the College to provide a wider range of off-campus activities and opportunities. A varied and active social life including new experiences offers great benefits to people with sight loss and other disabilities. They may have never had the opportunity to take part in sports, dine in a restaurant, climb a wall or shop for themselves. Real life situations help to develop confidence, social skills, teamwork and self esteem.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase accessibility for activities available to students on and off campus.


    » Develop partnerships with organisations that can support the activity programme, such as local riding for the disabled groups and leisure facilities.
    » Timetable activities across the 7 day week to ensure all students have the opportunity to take part in off-campus activities.

    An increase in the number of students signing up to activities will demonstrate the success.

    Aim 2

    To ensure each student takes part at least one activity per week and a different activity each term.


    » Run one Activity Fair per term to broadcast the range of activities on offer to students. Local external partners to attend and offer guidance.

    Success will be that by the end of the first scheduled term, ALL students will have tried a new activity and taken advantage of off-campus opportunities.

  • Impact


    The new minibus and expansion of the activity programme will develop each students independence and social skills. Students are set personal goals and objectives, their achievements are monitored during study, activities and their residential setting. The progress of each individual will allow the college to evaluate the success of this project. The College also offers the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, individuals can demonstrate their success and receive an award.


    Should our fundraising efforts not enable us to reach our target to buy a new accessible minibus by March 2011, the College will consider buying a second hand one in order to deliver the new activity programme as scheduled.


    Donors will initially receive a project update in the post followed by a quarterley email update detailing progress, achievements and student feedback.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £49,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £49,500 Minibus with tail lift Fully accessible minibus for wheelchair users incorporating a tail lift and space to two wheelchairs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Fundraising events £11,280 Guaranteed
    Donors £38,220 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Royal National College for the Blind is located in Hereford, however the College functions on a national basis and its students come from across the UK and some from overseas. College activities predominantly take place in Herefordshire and the surrounding counties.


    Direct beneficiaries are people who are blind or partially sighted aged 16 - 65 who attend the College from across the UK.
    Indirect beneficiaries are the partner organisations who help to deliver the activity programme to our students.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Royal National College for the Blind has a 138 year history of delivering first class education and training to people who are blind or partially sighted. The College ensures that it moves with the times and is able to offer specialist provision based on the personal needs of the individuals who study there.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Peter O'Keefe

    Director of Finance and Resources

Wheelchair user Heather raising funds for the bus

Wheelchair user Heather raising funds for the bus

I've made lots of new friends and I'm learning Blind Tennis which is something I thought I would not be able to do.

Bilal Ansari