RNIB College Loughborough
Special needs catered for
We are a friendly residential college supporting young people and adults with a wide range of disabilities to achieve their goals.
Choose us for your Further Education and you’ll learn practical skills and gain work experience within our enterprises: our Café, eBay business, Conference Centre, Arts Centre, Shop and Office.
You could also choose a course at our partner mainstream college located next door. You’ll have opportunities to: develop your independence; prepare for work, volunteering or training; build your personal life skills; learn about looking after yourself; enjoy community facilities and activities.
We also offer a Supported Internship programme. This is a great way for you to build your experience and move into employment. It is a term time education programme but most learning takes place in the work place and not in College, so you will be learning on the job. You have a study programme with literacy, numeracy and communication and will come into College to develop these key subject areas. You’ll need an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for this programme.
Our Flexible Futures daytime activities programme is delivered through our enterprises and out in the community. Flexible Futures offers you opportunities to develop your independence, prepare for work, volunteering or training, build your personal life skills; learn about looking after yourself and gives you the opportunity to visit community facilities.
If you want to gain the skills and confidence to progress into independent or supported living, you may want to apply for some overnight stays. You’ll be encouraged and supported to do things you’ve previously had help for, making you more independent at home. This could include washing, food shopping, cooking and clearing away after dinner and looking after your bedroom.
Our specialist support is personalised to suit your ability and individual needs. Needs we cater for include: Vision impairment; Learning difficulties and disabilities; Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC); Physical disabilities; Communication difficulties; Mild hearing problems; Additional healthcare needs, such as epilepsy; Additional emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Our College is a purpose built, modern building that incorporates many features designed to improve independence for people with disabilities.
Specialist facilities include CCTVs, computer access technology, Braille embossers, adaptation and transcription.
Support services provided
Support services include tutor or key worker; classroom support; therapies; health and medical services; counselling; transitions support; residential accommodation; short breaks and respite care.
We have waking night staff on hand to provide care if required through the night. Each service user is allocated a key worker to keep in touch with parents/carers, organise their stay and plan their care.
Our in-house team of therapists can help you to build your confidence and help you to gain better access to the curriculum and leisure activities. These include speech and language therapy, habilitation and mobility, and complimentary therapy.
Home school links
We’ll work jointly with you, your family and support worker to ensure that suitable goals are set and regularly monitor your progress towards your chosen outcomes.
Our college was purposely built on campus with Loughborough College so that we can work in close partnership to provide opportunities in a mainstream setting.
A range of local employers provide work placements for our students.
We are located in the heart of Loughborough town centre, giving you instant access into a supportive and friendly community.
As well as purpose built accommodation for our further education students, our Stan Bell Centre offers respite care and short breaks whether or not you attend RNIB College during the day. The centre has 60 en-suite study bedrooms, all with their own broadband internet connection, telephone points, communal lounges, kitchens and a recreation room.
Aims and philosophy
You may come to the college as the next stage in your education, a way of entering employment or a way of learning how to live independently. People come with a wide range of abilities and from a variety of social and ethnic backgrounds. Our aim is to help you make the most of your potential.
Programmes range from pre-entry level to level 3 qualifications. All our programmes are personalised to suit your ability.
We’ll offer you activities that will help you develop the skills you need, but are also challenging and fun!
Staff qualification and selection
We operate an equal opportunities staff recruitment policy and all staff hold appropriate qualifications. All tutors and trainers are qualified and experienced in working with people with disabilities.
We welcome visits from parents, carers, children, other family members and professionals.
To book your visit, call us on 01509 611077 or email us at [email protected]