Project information

Wellbeing Centre for the Blind

A purpose designed fully accessible Wellbeing Centre to provide comprehensive pastoral and medical care at the Royal National College for the Blind. Many of the 180 residential students have additional difficulties / disabilities to their sight loss and require personal support and medical care.

October 2010 - September 2011

Charity information: The Royal National College for the Blind

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  • Need


    Currently the faciltiy which includes a clinic, surgery, sick bay and counselling room are in a facility not fit for purpose where conditions are cramped, storage space of medical supplies and records is inadequate and wheelchair access is limited. As a result privacy is difficult to manage and students may feel uneasy about visiting the facility. There is also no available space for visiting consultants or for group therapy sessions.


    A purpose designed centre will provide a comfortable environment with spacious rooms located to ensure privacy and confidentiality for the sick bay, surgery, clinic, counselling, visiting consultants and group sessions, as well as offices and ample storage. Unwell or injured students can stay in a quiet room whilst day to day clinics continue. The layout will allow students to feel comfortable visiting the nurse or counsellor at any time using the centre's discreet rear entrance door.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a comprehensive pastoral and medical care service to all students and staff.


    » Promote the range of services available and location at the new Wellbeing Centre to all students and staff via notice boards and intranet.

    Success will be demonstrated when all students are fully aware of what services are available to them and where to go, and staff can see an improvement in their general wellbeing.

  • Impact


    The success of this project will be demonstrated by an increased number of individuals feeling free to visit the Centre and also choosing to take part in group sessions where suitable. The long term changes brought about by the project will be an expanded level of support across the College based within a relaxed and straightforward facility able to offer a wider range of services to cover all possible disabilities and difficulties.


    If the fundraising activities do not raise enough funds to meet our target this will delay the start of the project.
    If the start date of the project is to be re-scheduled, it is likely to be moved to the next student holiday period to reduce disruption to the students during term time.


    Donors will receive an initial paper update through the post followed by email updates each quarter detailing the progress made, feedback from students and staff who have used the facility and from the staff who run the facility.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £200,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £200,000 Overall cost Moving of internal walls, doors and windows. installation of services and equipment.
  • 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.


    Direct beneficiaries will be the individuals who attend the College, all of whom are blind or partially sighted and many have additional disabilities and/or difficulties including Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. Some of the students may also have never lived away from home before and will benefit a great deal from the level of support on offer.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The College has a 138 year history of providing education and training for people who are blind or partially sighted and has been based in Hereford since 1978. RNCB specialises in helping people to progress on to university, to re-train and find work and to live an independent and active life within society. The College is very proud that it's residential provision and support was graded as 'outstanding' by Ofsted in 2009 and wishes to maintain this by upgrading the facilities in line with this.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Peter O'Keefe

    Director of Finance and Resources

Visiting the nurse during surgery time

Visiting the nurse during surgery time

It was the best thing we ever did sending our daughter to RNCB! She came out of her shell and achieved things she never thought possible.

Ellen Brown