Vision England residential breaks for young people

Sign up for the experience of a lifetime with Vision England!

Build your confidence and independence, learn new skills, have fun and make new friends – what are you waiting for?

Vision England is an exciting residential programme for young people aged 12 – 17 years with vision impairment, 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.

To join the 2019 programmedownload and complete the expression of interest form (Word, 120KB) and send it to [email protected]

Why sign up?

  • Two fun-filled residentials over a year.
  • Supported by an amazing team of staff experienced in working with young people with vision impairment.
  • You 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.
  • Opportunity to gain a John Muir Award certificate (environmental award scheme).

Who can apply?

You must be:

  • Able to attend both residential dates for your chosen venue.
  • Blind or partially sighted.
  • At least 12 years old on 31 July 2019.
  • Aged 17 or under on 1 November 2019.

Unfortunately you can only attend the Vision England programme once, to allow more young people to benefit from the programme.

How much does it cost?

£25 for an Engagement day, Introduction day and two 3 night residentials.

Dates and venues for 2019

Engagement Days at the centres are family fun days where you will get a taster of some of the activities you will take part in on the project (11am-3pm).

Introduction Days, also at the centres, are for you to find out more about the project, learn more about the John Muir Award, meet staff and other young people, plus a tour of the centre (11am-3pm).

Deadline: Please ensure you apply before your introduction days at your preferred venue.

FSC Juniper Hall, Dorking Surrey

Engagement Day: Saturday 9 March
Introduction Day: Saturday 22 June
Residential One:  Wednesday 31 July to Saturday 3 August
Residential Two:  Sunday 27 October to Wednesday 30 October

FSC Castle Head, Grange-Over-Sands Lake District

Engagement Day: Saturday 16 March
Introduction Day: Saturday 13 July
Residential One:  Wednesday 28 August to Saturday 31 August
Residential Two:  Friday 18 October to Monday 21 October

FSC Preston Montford, Shrewsbury Shropshire

Engagement Day: Saturday 30 March
Introduction Day: Saturday 8 June
Residential One:  Tuesday 20 August to Friday 23 August
Residential Two:  Friday 25 October to Monday 28 October   

To sign up, for more information, or if you’d like this leaflet in your preferred format, please contact us:

Phil Wagstaff, Vision England Project Officer:


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