Activities and events for children, young people and families – Northern Ireland

At RNIB Northern Ireland, we arrange a wide range of activities and events for children, young people and families affected by vision impairment. These provide opportunities to meet and share experiences in a relaxed and enjoyable way.

What we offer

Our activities and events include:
  • Family information weekends providing a break for all the family.
  • Fun activity days for children
  • Summer play schemes with information sessions for parents and families
  • Parent and toddler groups for preschool children and siblings. You get the chance to relax while your children enjoy sensory toys and games.
  • Activity days and residential weekends for young people at various locations throughout Northern Ireland including the RNIB chalet at the Share Discovery Village.
  • Residential breaks and training opportunities for young people 

Confidence building

We work with children and young people to help build their confidence through a range of challenging activities, residentials, one to one lessons and training courses.
 
Activities might include: 
  • Outdoor pursuits like go karting, paintballing, zorbing and water sports
  • Training courses, such as first aid or self defence
  • Independent living skills sessions, covering topics like budgeting and cooking.

Support for children with complex needs

We provide onward referral to specialist organisations for children with vision impairment and additional needs and their families. 
 
We also facilitate tailored events with qualified therapists. These include specialised family weekends, one to one developmental support and accessible family events.
 

Upcoming events

Download our event guide for children, young people and families in Northern Ireland.

What participants say

One of our parents said:

“We got involved with RNIB NI children and families services when our son was two. An RNIB family support officer contacted us about an event and said that he could bring his brother for extra support; it's an inclusive family centred approach. We've kept going to the events ever since and it has helped develop his confidence and social skills, he loves it!”

Things started to change for Ryan, now aged 20, after he went on one of our youth residentials:

“It was the first time I’d ever been with a group of people who all had sight loss. We had lots of fun going rock climbing and canoeing – I made many good friends. It made me realise that I really enjoy outdoor activities. I used to be so shy and I wouldn’t have spoken to anybody. Doing all these activities has given me confidence and helped me decide that I want to pursue a career as an outdoor activities instructor!”

 

How to book

If you wish to book a place on any of the events or activities listed, please get in touch with our team:
 

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