Another fun filled Have a Go weekend at RNC!

Alice, Jay, Bailey, Faith, Rhiana and Nabhaan are sitting in a group together at the bowling alley. There are arcade machines in the background.

After a wet and windy week, families from all across the country battled Storm Brian to make it down to make it to Hereford for the Have a Go taster weekend at RNC (Royal National College for the Blind).


Have a Go weekends at RNC are a chance for young people aged 13-17, with visual impairment, to experience what life is like at a residential college whilst making friends and having fun. Some of the activities included singing live in a recording studio, taking part in judo, bowling and a visit to a local outdoor activity centre. Tom Bendall, RNC Outreach Officer, explains “We want the youngsters to have as much fun as possible, to build their confidence and make friends whilst testing the waters to see if they might want to study at RNC in the future.”


Before coming to RNC a lot of students may have had barriers to their ability and opportunity to socialise. Have a Go weekends are a perfect way for young people to have their first taste of independence, during the weekends, parents and young people are purposely put on separate programmes and, RNC Student Recruitment Manager Tim Broome explains “For many youngsters, this may be the first time that they’ve been around people who also have visual impairment and away from their parents. The thought of it may be scary at first but suddenly they realise that they’re in a safe place where people understand what they’re going through and they don’t need to constantly explain their eye condition because their eye condition is no longer the thing that defines them.”


Malcolm Johnson, a parent from Sheffield who with attended his wife and three children, said “An excellent weekend; the children loved it and it was great to see our children be themselves…the team at RNC give them courage and confidence more than anyone ever has. The support for us as parents has been massive.” Tim Broome goes on to say “As well as being a fun activity weekend for youngsters; parents and guardians also get a lot out of the weekends because they’re able to gain information and advice from our professional staff as well as meet other parents who are going through the same thing that they are; some have never experienced that before.”


Visit our Facebook page to view the photo gallery from the Have a Go weekend


You can sign up to the next Have a Go weekend in February 2018


If you have any questions about RNC, please give our friendly student enquiries team a call on 01432 376 621 or email

Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC



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