Kind Words Bring Big Smiles

Student Luc on duty at Winter Wonderland smiling and holding one of the products for sale

At the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) we offer a study programme known as ASPIRE.

On the ASPIRE course students develop work and life skills with an emphasis on putting these skills into practice through regular work placements.

As part of the course’s ‘Contributing to the Community’ Unit, ASPIRE teacher, Paul Sockett, regularly takes students along to visit some of the residents of Newstead House Nursing and Residential Home. 

Visiting a nursing home is a valuable experience for our students and also brightens up the day of the residents they meet. The connection with Newstead has even led to one of our students, Luc Platts (pictured), undertaking work experience at the home. 

During this period of lockdown and through remote teaching, ASPIRE teacher, Kerry Hunter, encouraged students to send messages to the residents at Newstead House to let them know they were thinking of them. 

By writing these messages, students were able to communicate with empathy and build social connections, whilst honing their functional English skills.

Our students weren’t expecting replies so they were absolutely thrilled when Newstead posted a message on their Facebook page earlier this week, to say:

‘Newstead Nursing Home is feeling loved. We have received such lovely messages from some of the students that visit us from The Royal National College for the Blind. The residents are loving the messages and are really looking forward to when the students will be able to visit again.’

It just goes to show that during this period of uncertainty and with lockdown measures in place, a kind word can go a long way and bring a big smile to everyone’s face. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about studying with us please contact our Student Enquiries Team by emailing

[The picture above shows ASPIRE student, Luc Platts, who undertook work experience at Newstead House. In this image, Luc is smiling as he shows one of the products on sale at the Winter Wonderland sale at College in December.]


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