The Realise Project supports children and young people with sight loss, aged between 8 and 20 years who live in Northern Ireland. We are there for those times when a bit of support is needed to help get to the next stage.
Funded by the Big Lottery Fund NI, under their Empowering Young People programme, the Realise Project supports and empowers young people through:
primary to post primary education,
post primary to third level education
leaving education and moving into employment.
Our support is broken down into age appropriate categories:
Ages 8 to 11
One to one tuition in extracurricular activities such as swimming or music.
Taster sessions in accessible technology.
Ages 12 to 16
One to one careers support when choosing subjects.
One to one ICT support including ICT workshops with assistive technology.
Participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award that will build confidence and provide a vehicle for personal development, and contribute towards developing a personalised CV.
Ages 17 to 20
One to one careers support which includes help with job searches, completing application forms and interview techniques.
One to one, or group training, in assistive technology. This training will include participation in an accredited ITQ qualification.
Participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award that will build confidence and provide a vehicle for personal development.
Confidence building programmes of structured activities, through residentials.
Structured work placements.
Emma Davey from Belfast, aged 18, shares her feelings after taking part in activities organised by the Realise project.
"The Realise Project has given me the opportunity to experience new things, meet new people and form good friendships.
I have gained an ITQ qualification which has helped me with my studies. I really feel I have gained many new skills since taking part in the project.”
Improving understanding of sight loss
Our Realise project team are happy to visit schools and youth groups and deliver tailored RNIB Visual Awareness Training. This will improve understanding of sight loss and eye health for sighted children, young people and education / youth professionals across Northern Ireland.