RNC students ask National Trust to walk their way!

Students are gathered at the entrance of the Park next to a big sign which reads ‘Welcome to Croome Park; Expect the unexpected’. Left to right – Ben, Laura E, George U, Jade, Jake, George J, Kim and Aziza

May is national walking month and at RNC, (Royal National College for the Blind) we were delighted to be invited to National Trust property Croome Park, in Worcestershire, to be a part of their new research initiative to improve access for visitors with visual impairment, and other disabilities.


Centre manager Michael Smith gave an interactive tour where he really brought Croome Park to life, RNC student Callum Bishop said “I really enjoyed Croome, it was as if we were being invited into Croome’s history.” At the heart of the Park is Croome Court, once home to the Earls of Coventry!


Jo Amphlett, who is leading the access and inclusion initiative, said “We had a fantastic day with the RNC students – it’s really important for them to shape our future and be part of a legacy which will be rolled out through Croome, perhaps even nationally!”


RNC students were excited to have been able to take part in the day, Aziza Temple-Nott said “Overall, accessibility at Croome is good and staff were willing to take constructive feedback on board, they were also open to questions. There were great vibes that day.”


Cathy Gowland, PSO (Pastoral Support Officer) at RNC, accompanied the students on the trip and commented “This has been a fantastic opportunity for students to help improve accessibility within the Park, and gives them confidence to voice their opinions.” Jo added “We will be working with the RNC students on creating an accessible, tactile, map and I’m really looking forward to it.”


We will be keeping you updated on the progress!


If you are interested in studying at RNC, please give our student enquiries team a call on 01432 376 621 or email info@rnc.ac.uk


Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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