Exciting activities for children and young people with vision impairment

Post date: 
Friday, 25 May 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 [email protected] 
 

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 [email protected]
 

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 [email protected]
 

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.

 

Vision England: Cumbria

Where: Castle Head, Cumbria
When: Introduction day - Saturday 9 June
Who: young people with vision impairment aged 12 - 17 years
More details: Vision England is an exciting residential programme, in partnership with the Field Studies Council (FSC). Young people are supported to play a leading role in changing their communities and the environment for the better. You will shape the activities you do, which may include conservation activities like coppicing and tree planting, and other activities like wildlife walks, bush craft, hiking and camping. There will be two fun-filled residentials over a year. The cost is just £25 for both. 

For more information and to apply, call Phil Wagstaff on 07894 598766 or email [email protected].
 

Nystagmus Awareness Day

Where: Across the UK
When: Wednesday 20 June
More details: Help to raise awareness of nystagmus by organising your own "nystagmus in the open" event. In the run up, Nystagmus Network are asking you to share your amazing nystagmus success stories. They are encouraging everyone to make the most of the warmer weather and lighter evenings by getting out in the garden, at the park or on the sports field, to raise awareness, with the theme "nystagmus in the open". Posters and flyers, PowerPoint presentations, booklets, lesson plans and more are available for free to download for your event. 
 
For more information on the day and to access the materials, visit the Nystagmus Network website.
 

Vision England: Surrey

Where: Juniper Hall, Surrey
When: Introduction day - Saturday 7 July
Who: young people with vision impairment aged 12 - 17 years
More details: Vision England is an exciting residential programme, in partnership with the Field Studies Council (FSC). Young people are supported to play a leading role in changing their communities and the environment for the better. You will shape the activities you do, which may include conservation activities like coppicing and tree planting, and other activities like wildlife walks, bush craft, hiking and camping. There will be two fun-filled residentials over a year. The cost is just £25 for both. 

For more information and to apply, call Phil Wagstaff on 07894 598766 or email [email protected].
 

Vision England: Shropshire

Where: Preston Montford, Shropshire
When: Introduction day - Saturday 14 July
Who: young people with vision impairment aged 12 - 17 years
More details: Vision England is an exciting residential programme, in partnership with the Field Studies Council (FSC). Young people are supported to play a leading role in changing their communities and the environment for the better. You will shape the activities you do, which may include conservation activities like coppicing and tree planting, and other activities like wildlife walks, bush craft, hiking and camping. There will be two fun-filled residentials over a year. The cost is just £25 for both. 

For more information and to apply, call Phil Wagstaff on 07894 598766 or email [email protected].
 

VICTA: International Camp on Communication and Computers

Where: University of Zadar, Croatia
When: Sunday 22 - Tuesday 31 July 
Who: People with vision impairment aged 16 - 22 years
More details: This is a unique opportunity to learn how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Assistive Technologies (AT) can enrich the lives of people with vision impairment. There will also be insightful and career-boosting workshops focused around CV writing, presentation skills and interview technique. The cost of the event is £350. 

The closing date for applications is Monday 16 April. For more information, please visit the VICTA 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.
 

VICTA: Conservation Expedition to Skomer Island

Where: Skomer Island, off the Pembrokeshire coast, west Wales
When: Monday 13 - Sunday 19 August 
Who: People with vision impairment aged 18 - 29 years
More details: The trip will provide time to explore and develop a solid understanding of the island’s geography and wild terrain through a number of walks incorporating the coastal perimeter and inland meadows. Walks will be timed to witness dawn and sunset, low and high tides, to maximise wildlife spotting and experience different wildlife behaviours. 

The closing date for applications is Monday 21 May. For more information, please visit the VICTA website
 

 

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?

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