RNC learners celebrate National Carers Week with massages all round

Photo description - Four clients are lying down on recliner chairs, receiving foot massages from RNC learners Laura, Charlene, Maggie and Jodie. Jane Crabtree MBE, Teacher in Charge of Massage at RNC, looks on

To mark National Carers Week (8-14 June), learners from the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) attended the Herefordshire Carers Support Wellbeing Day held at Left Bank, Hereford.


Jane Crabtree MBE, Teacher in Charge of Massage and Complementary Therapies at RNC, explained the importance of going to different events to gain practical experience for the learners. “There’s always something going on; we make sure we attend events regularly so that our learners get used to different bodies and adapting their techniques. We also have open clinics twice a week so we never quite know what we’re going to get.”


Cathy Hayes, Parent Carer Support Worker at Herefordshire Carers Support, explained “The wellbeing day is to celebrate and recognise unpaid carers, to make them feel valued. There are lots of treatments available such as make overs, nail painting, mediation etc. It has been going for 12 years – Jane from RNC has brought her learners here every year and the feedback I consistently get from everyone is that the RNC massages are amazing. I always make sure I get a foot massage at the end of the day!”


The RNC learners are studying on the Massage and Complementary Therapies course, which is very much a work-based learning programme. Optional units include reflexology and on-site chair massage, which the learners offered on the day. Brian from Milton Keynes explains “For each unit, we need a certain number of bodies to use for our case studies in order to obtain our qualification. I only started the course in January and in that time I have massaged over 100 different people!” Rawand, from Hereford, added that the course is very tough “You have to be totally committed for this course otherwise there’s no point being here. It’s so intense but overall it’s been so beneficial.”


With support from Colin Summers, RNC Outreach Coordinator, Margaret has a placement lined up for when she returns to the Isle of Wight at the end of the academic year. “The course is so much more than I expected it to be; I’ve got more out of it than I ever dreamed I would. Jane and Jim (Jim Wallis, RNC Anatomy, Physiology and Sports Massage teacher) help you out so much; there are always opportunities for one to one tutoring if you need it.”


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We are the UK’s leading Further Education College for people with visual impairment – if you’re interested in studying with us, please visit the Massage and Complementary Therapies course pages for more information or call us on 01432 376 621 to discuss your options.


Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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