RNC massage students support carers in the community

Busy massage clinic at Herefordshire Carers Support pamper day - there are 3 people having foot massages from Laura, Jane Crabtree and Cedric. Then there are 4 people having back massages from Jim Wallis, Tom, David and Owen.

This week, we have been celebrating National Carers Week which runs 6-12 June 2016. Our massage students have joined together with Herefordshire Carers Support for their pamper day,  rewarding the contributions that carers make to their families and the local community.


Jane Crabtree MBE, Teacher in charge of massage at RNC (Royal National College for the Blind) says  “We take our students along to as many events and exhibitions as possible so that they can get experience of massaging different people from all walks of life which helps builds their confidence. We are honoured to be invited to an event like this which recognises the challenges faced by carers and this helps our students to develop empathy for others.”


This is the 14th year that the pamper day has taken place and Cathy Hayes, one of the organisers from Herefordshire Carers Support, said “Jane has come along every year and brought fantastic students, this year is no exception – they’ve been amazing as always. These pamper days are a way of giving back something to carers to show them that they are appreciated and they’ve certainly been enjoying the massages from the RNC students!”


Alongside the massages carers were also offered free makeovers, manicures and henna tattoos from local organisations. RNC Massage Teacher Jim Wallis says “The day went really well and we had queues all day for back, foot and Indian head massages. It allows our students to practice techniques for their course modules but it also enables them to experience working within the health and beauty industry; an area that many of our students go to work in when they leave us.”


Work based learning is at the heart of the RNC curriculum; find out more about the massage course. If you want to know more about studying at RNC, please call our friendly student enquiries team on 01432 376 621 or email info@rnc.ac.uk


Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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