Exciting activities for children and young people with vision impairment

Post date: 
Friday, 9 February 2018

Check out our list of exciting activities from across the UK for children and young people with vision impairment (VI) and their families.

 

Royal Society for Blind Children: Choir

Where: East London
When: Twice a month
Who: Young people aged 11 to 25 with vision impairment
More details: Does the young person you support love music, singing and performing? Or do they dance, play an instrument or write songs? The Royal Society for Blind Children choir has something for everybody! Whether you're a complete beginner or a pro, anyone is welcome.
 
Free places are available now. If you are interesting in joining the next practice, please contact Lizzie Ellis on 020 3198 0225 or at connections@rsbc.org.uk 
 

Metro Blind Sport: One-to-one swimming coaching

Where: Northolt Leisure Centre, Eastcote Lane North, London, UB5 4AB
When: Monday or Wednesday ongoing, 12-12.30pm 
Who: Beginners with vision impairment
More details: Metro Blind Sport in partnership with Ealing Swimming Club and Everyone Active is offering one-to-one swimming lessons.
 

Cost: £20 for four one-to-one coached sessions. Contact Fred Burley on 07428 783 509 or email fred@swimesc.co.uk
 

Illuminate Freedom: Dance, fitness and exercise

Where: Throughout London
When: Weekly
Who: People with vision impairment
More details: Illuminate Freedom have teamed up with East London Vision, BlindAid and Dockland Settlements to bring more of Illuminate Freedom's fantastic VI Dance, Fitness and Exercises classes.

For further details, including locations, dates and classes, please visit the Illuminate Freedom website.
 

Dance fit and body awareness

Where: Royal National Institute Of Blind People (RNIB), 105 Judd Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9NE
When: Every Thursday starting 5 October 2017
Who: People with vision impairment
More details: Space to explore, space to move and space to build trust. Come to explore how your body moves to build up stamina and to have fun dancing to high energy music.

For further information, contact Barbara Mirata on 07935 273 240 or email info@moonrising.org
 

British Blind Sport: See My Voice project

Who: Young people aged 11 to 18 with vision impairment
More details: See My Voice is an inclusive sports volunteering programme that will support young people with vision impairment to develop life skills that will inevitably increase their confidence and enhance their employability prospects as well as providing an opportunity to develop meet new friends and improve lives. This is through a volunteering, mentoring and leadership programme over the course of three years.

Each Young Leader will complete a leadership qualification and be provided with one to one mentoring sessions with business leaders. After completing 50 hours of volunteering over a one year term participants will receive a certificate of their achievement. British Blind Sport will support the Young Leaders to find high quality volunteering experiences.

For more information and to apply, please visit the British Blind Sport website. Applications close on 29 January.
 

RISE: Trampolining

Where: Shene Sports & Fitness Centre Session, Park Ave, London SW14 8AT
When: Every Saturday until 24 March (except 17 February), 11:30am - 12:30pm
Who: Children aged 5 and above, young people aged adults with disabilities, including vision impairment
More details: The cost per session is £6.30 or £5.90 with a Richmond card. The cost for the full course is £55 or £48 with a Richmond card.
 
For more information or to book, please email rise@richmond.gov.uk or telephone 020 8831 6134/6181 
 

RISE: Football

Where: Shene Sports & Fitness Centre Session, Park Ave, London SW14 8AT
When: Every Saturday until 24 March (except 17 February), 11:30am - 1pm
Who: Children, young people and adults with disabilities, including vision impairment
More details: The cost per session is £5.50 or £5 with a Richmond card.
 
For more information or to book, please email rise@richmond.gov.uk or telephone 020 8831 6134/6181 
 

RISE: Junior fusion dance

Where: Teddington Sports Centre, Broom Road, Teddington TW11 9PJ
When: Every Saturday until 24 March (except 17 February), 11:30am - 12:15pm (aged 5 to 9 years), 12:15 - 1pm (aged 10 to 16 years)
Who: Children and young people with disabilities, including vision impairment
More details: The cost for the full course is £29.70.
 
For more information or to book, please email rise@richmond.gov.uk or telephone 020 8831 6134/6181 
 

RISE: Fusion dance and drama

Where: Hampton Sports & Fitness Centre, Hampton High, Hanworth Road, Hampton TW12 3HB
When: Every Monday until 26 March (except 12 February), 5:45 - 7pm
Who: People aged 16 and above with disabilities, including vision impairment
More details: The cost for the full course is £49.50.
 
For more information or to book, please email rise@richmond.gov.uk or telephone 020 8831 6134/6181 
 

RNIB: Vision England residential breaks for young people

Where: Cumbria, Shrewsbury or Surrey
When: Induction day in February 2018. Trips run during the spring half-term holiday, summer holiday and the autumn half-term holidays. Apply by 28 February 2018.
Who: Young people with vision impairment aged 14-17 years
More details: Participants will have the opportunity to build their confidence and independence, learn new skills, have fun and make lifelong friends.

For more information, please visit the Vision England residential breaks page or contact Phil Wagstaff on 07894 598766 or at visionengland@rnib.org.uk
 

Swindon Actionnaires: Indoor crazy golf

Where: The Golfing Hole, Mead Way, Swindon, SN5 7UT
When: Saturday 10 February, 2 - 4pm
Who: Children and young people with vision impairment
More details: For more information or to book please contact Nicky Malson, your Children Young People and Family Coordinator on 07894 598 860 or email Nicholas.Malson@RNIB.org.uk
 

Cooking with Confidence

Where: Exeter Cathedral School, Kalendar Hall, South Street, Exeter EX1 1DZ
When: Monday 12 February, 10am - 4:30pm
Who: Ten young people with vision impairment, aged 11-17 years
More details: This is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills in the kitchen, or share culinary skills you already have with others, whilst having fun, building confidence and making and enjoying an afternoon tea together. There will also be a workshop for parents in the morning to share information about the aims of the day and offer advice on supporting cooking skills at home. The rest of the day will be free for parents to explore the beautiful city of Exeter whilst their child prepares a sumptuous feast for them to enjoy on their return.

For further information, please contact rebecca.thurgur@rnib.org.uk or call 0117 934 1704.
 

Sense: Climbing

Where: Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, London, N4 2HA
WhenWednesday 14, 21, 28 February, 11am - 12.30pm 
Who: People with vision impairment aged 14 and above
More details: Climbing is an amazing way to build your confidence and get a full body work out. Why not come and give it a go with the experts down at The Castle Climbing Centre. This is free and accessible climbing delivered by fully qualified instructors with lots of experience.

To book your place, please call 02070149365 or email taylor.huxster@sense.org.uk
 

Sense: Swimming

Where: Poplar Baths Leisure Centre, 170 East India Dock Rd, Poplar, London E14 0ED
WhenThursday 15 February
Who: People with vision impairment aged 14 and above
More details: There will be an assessment session on 9 November, where anyone can come along to and let the instructor gauge their swimming abilities. Individuals will then be put into an appropriate group of either Novice swimmers or Intermediate/re-learners. This is free and accessible swimming supported by experienced instructors.

To book your place, please call 02070149365 or email taylor.huxster@sense.org.uk
 

Pizza making

Where:​ Frankie and Benny’s Broadway Plaza, 220 Ladywood Middleway, Birmingham B16 8LP
When: Monday 18 February, 11am - 1pm
Who: Children with vision impairment aged 8 to 14 years
More details: The children will have a chance to be a mini chef for the day and be able to get involved in making their very own pizza. Followed by relaxing, eating pizza and pudding with friends.

For more information and to book, please call 07725 606 757 or email Sarah.Winch@RNIB.org.uk.
 

Sight for Surrey: Rock climbing

Where: Craggy Island, 9 Cobbett Park, Moorfield Road, Guildford
When: Monday 18 February, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Who: Teenagers with vision impairment 
More details: There will be an instructor, equipment will be provided and climbing shoes if required. You'll also be able to catch up with the group afterwards and have a drink in the café.

To book your place, please cperryer@sightforsurrey.org.uk or call 01372 37701
 

Swindon Actionnaires: Chocolate comforts & cake creations 

Where: Studley Grange, Hay Lane, Wroughton, Swindon, SN4 9QT
When: Saturday 24 February, 2 - 4pm
Who: Children and young people with vision impairment
More details: For more information or to book please contact Nicky Malson, your Children Young People and Family Coordinator on 07894 598 860 or email Nicholas.Malson@RNIB.org.uk

 

VICTA: Driving break

Where: Thorpe Woodlands Centre and Explore 4x4, Thetford
When: Friday 23 to Monday 26 March
Who: Young people with vision impairment aged 18 to 29 years
More details: The break will combine the driving experience with a range of outdoor activities at the adventure centre, such as the high ropes course, zip wire and abseiling.
 
For more information and to apply, please visit the VICTA website.
 

Ackers Adventure: Zip wire and Jungle challenge

Where:​ Golden Hillock Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, B11 2PY
When: Saturday 24 March, 9.45am - 1.15pm
Who: Children with vision impairment aged 8 to 14 years
More details: Jungle Challenge is a series of man-made obstacles designed to test sense of balance, mental and physical strength, initiative, and team building skills. The full course is a challenging and exciting journey through the undergrowth, in-between trees, across suspension bridges, over hurdles, through tunnels, and over seesaws, with a few more surprises along the way!

For more information and to book, please call 07725 606 757 or email Sarah.Winch@RNIB.org.uk.

 

Swindon Actionnaires: Woodland activities 

Where: Oxenwood Outdoor Activity Centre, Oxenwood, Marlborough, SN8 3NQ
When: Saturday 24 March, 1 - 5pm
Who: Children and young people with vision impairment
More details: The woodland activity includes archery. For more information or to book please contact Nicky Malson, your Children Young People and Family Coordinator on 07894 598 860 or email Nicholas.Malson@RNIB.org.uk
 

GCSE revision course

Where: New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester WR5 2JX
When: Tuesday 27 - Friday 30 March
Who: Students with vision impairment in Years 10 and 11
More details: This residential course is to support students for their GCSE exams. There will also be a programme of entertainment and social activities during the evening and the opportunity to socialise with one another and relax after a hard day's studying. The course covers the main curriculum subjects of Maths, English and Science. There are also sessions looking at study and revision skills along with practice questions from past papers.
 
For more information and to book, please visit the NCW website.
 

Applying to University

Where: New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester WR5 2JX
When: Wednesday 28 - Thursday 29 March
Who: Young people with vision impairment thinking of attending Universty in autumn 2019
More details: This is a free residential course delivered by external speakers and NCW staff. Students will spend two days exploring a wide range of issues, including: why go on to Higher Education, how to choose a course, how to choose a University, using UCAS online, sources of help and support, student finance and DSA and Independent Living. It also includes a session for parents wishing to learn more about the UCAS process.

For more information and to book, please visit the NCW website.

 

Envision day: The Little Match Girl

Where: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT
When: Saturday 7 April, 10am - 3.40pm
Who: Children and young people with vision impairment, plus their family
More details: The day is designed to give visually impaired children and young people a fully accessible, bespoke theatre experience in a supportive and inspiring environment. There will be a 90-minute workshop led by trained theatre educators, touch tour exploring set, props and costumes up close and an audio-described performance.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Mousetrap website.

 

VICTA family day: Activity farm

Where: Herrings Green Activity Farm and Bird of Prey Centre, Cotton End Rd, Wilstead, Bedford MK45 3DT
When: Monday 9 April, 10am - 3pm
Who: Children and young people with vision impairment aged 5 to 17, plus family
More details: Families are invited to join VICTA for a day full of hands-on animal encounters and family fun. There will be plenty of opportunity to interact with the birds and animals. Activities will include: handling and flying owls, petting guinea pigs and giant rabbits, meeting and handling different species of snakes, creepy crawlies and mammals, and stroking and grooming donkeys

For more information and to apply, please visit the VICTA website.
 

VICTA and RNC activity day 

Where: Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), Venns Lane, Hereford HR1 1DT
When: Wednesday 11 April - Saturday 14 April
Who: Young people with vision impairment aged 14 to 17 years
More details: The youth break will combine outdoor activities with cultural and social experiences.This promises to be a fun and busy few days – a chance to try new things and gain in independence. Activities on offer include high ropes tree trekking, zip wire, bowling and a day taking in some of Hereford’s historical and cultural points of interest. The break will be an ideal setting to meet other young people of a similar age group and share experiences.

For more information and to apply, please visit the VICTA website.
 

VICTA: Spring Family Weekend

Where: Norfolk Lakes Activity Centre, Quarry Ln, Lyng, Norwich NR9 5RS
When: Friday 4 - Monday 7 May 
Who: Young people with vision impairment aged 5 to 17 years and their family
More details: The family weekend isa great opportunity to try new things, meet people and share experiences. VICTA provide a range of amazing activities, as well as the chance to attend workshops and talks.The site is set over 65 acres and is packed with facilities and activities for all to enjoy. Activities on offer at the centre include paddle boarding, canoeing, high ropes, archery, caving, rock climbing and many more.

For more information and to apply, please visit the VICTA website. Applications close on 20 February.
 

NCW: Family and education day

Where: New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester WR5 2JX
When: Monday 7 May, 10am - 3pm
Who: Children with vision impairment and their families
More details: Family Day is a fun and exciting day for any family. The day offers a range of activities for all ages and parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters are all welcome. Activities can include: land and water zorbing, drumming workshop, pony and carriage rides and a mini petting zoo.
 
For more information and to book, please visit the NCW website.
 

VICTA: Summer Family Weekend

Where: Condover Hall, Church Street, Condover, Shrewsbury SY5 7AU
When: Friday 10 - Monday 13 August 
Who: Young people with vision impairment aged 5 to 17 years and their family
More details: The family weekend isa great opportunity to try new things, meet people and share experiences. VICTA provide a range of amazing activities, as well as the chance to attend workshops and talks. This is VICTA's first visit to the site set around a grand Grade l listed Elizabethan manor. The activity centre offers an exciting range of outdoor activities such as high ropes, archery, zip wire, tunnelling, canoeing and many more. 

For more information and to apply, please visit the VICTA website. Applications close on 20 February.
 
 

The list above includes just a few of RNIB's events for children and young people with vision impairment. Take a look at the full programme and see what's going on in your region.

Do you have an event for children or young people with vision impairment to share?

Please email insightonline@rnib.org.uk
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