Vision England residential breaks for young people

Vision England is an exciting residential programme for 14-17 year olds with vision impairment, in partnership with the Field Studies Council (FSC).

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

Why sign up?

  • Three fun-filled residentials over a year.
  • You’ll play a leading role in changing your communities and the environment for the better.
  • Supported by an amazing team of staff experienced in working with young people with vision impairment.
  • You get to shape the activities you do.
  • Opportunity to gain a John Muir Award certificate (environmental award scheme).

What will you be doing?

There will be lots of great activities for you to choose from, which may include:

  • conservation activities like coppicing and tree planting
  • hiking
  • camping
  • climbing
  • wildlife walks
  • bushcraft
  • canoeing.

Where and when?

The residentials take place at FSC centres across England. Trips run during the spring holiday, summer holiday and the autumn half-term holidays.

Dates and venues - 2018

Apply now for 2018! Please ensure that you apply by Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Castle Head, Cumbria

Venue: Castle Head Field Centre, Grange over Sands, Cumbria LA11 6QT

  • Introduction day: Saturday 3 March. Venue TBC.
  • Residential 1: Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 April
  • Residential 2: Wednesday 29 August to Saturday 1 September
  • Residential 3: Saturday 20 to Monday 22 October

Preston Montford, Shropshire

Venue: Preston Montford Field Centre, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 1DX

  • Introduction day: Saturday 24 February. Venue TBC.
  • Residential 1: Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 April.
  • Residential 2: Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 August.
  • Residential 3: Friday 26 to Sunday 28 October.

Juniper Hall, Surrey

Venue: Juniper Hall Field Centre, Old London Road, Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6DA

  • Introduction day: Saturday 3 March. Venue TBC.
  • Residential 1: Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 April.
  • Residential 2: Sunday 19 to Wednesday 22 August.
  • Residential 3: Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 October.

What does it cost?

Just £25 for three residential breaks and an introduction day.

Who can apply?

You must be:

  • able to attend all residential dates for your chosen venue.
  • blind or partially sighted.
  • at least 14 years old on 1 April 2018.
  • aged 17 or under on 1 November 2018.
  • reasonably able to maintain your own personal hygiene and routine.
  • willing and physically able to camp outdoors in the summer and take part in set outdoor activities designed as a group.
  • willing to undertake small tasks at home that will lead you towards obtaining the John Muir Award.

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

How are places allocated?

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, however, young people aged 17 years will be given priority.

We aim to get a mix of gender, ages and levels of ability, and will accommodate all medical and physical needs where possible.

All places are assessed on an individual basis. We reserve the right to withdraw an offer of a place.

What participants in 2017 said:

"I have met lots of other young people with a VI on these residentials. It has been good sharing our experiences and the activities we took part in were great, like fire lighting, shelter building and orienteering. I've improved my independence and communication skills and learnt lots of new things. I've really enjoyed myself!" - Joshua Hopkins

"I really enjoyed my time and experience on the Vision England residentials. I made some new friends. Most of all I liked archery, climbing, beautiful walks, as well as plenty of games and challenges. I also developed personal independent skills, helping me to prepare for going away to University." - Glib Kapuka

Sign up now for the experience of a lifetime!

To join the 2018 programmedownload and complete the application form (accessible PDF, 697KB) and send it to

The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Contact us

For more information or if you have any questions, please get in touch:

Our Bright Future

Vision England is part of Our Bright Future, a £33 million programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and run by a consortium of seven organisations led by The Wildlife Trusts.

Our Bright Future aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today - a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change. Thirty one youth-led projects across the UK are each receiving around £1million of funding to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments – from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste.

This young, ambitious and capable movement is ensuring this generation’s voice is heard in the current debates around environmental improvements and a resource-efficient economy.

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About FSC

Field Studies Council, FSC, is an environmental education charity providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, and understand the environment.  Visit the FSC website for more information.

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