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VICTA Parent Portal: Lockdown Educational Resources

VICTA Parent Portal Lockdown Educational Resources

VICTA Parent Portal: Educational Resources for Home Schooling

The shutdown of schools during the Covid-19 pandemic has left many parents struggling to find the resources they need to teach their children at home. VICTA has compiled this list to help you in your search, and make this period more enjoyable and less stressful for your family.

Link to all VICTA compiled Lockdown resources  is here: https://www.victaparents.org.uk/covid-19-lockdown-resources/

General education information can be found here:  Education Resource Section.


Art,  Design  and Creativity




App for 3D design, electronics, and coding

The Artful Parent


Good, free art activities

Red Ted Art


Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree


Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.




Kano Club


Coding challenges



Simple coding



Creative computer programming

 check out all the other resources on,

link here: https://www.victaparents.org.uk/covid-19-lockdown-resources/


Sport and Exercise


Eyes-Free Fitness


Audio described workouts for visually impaired people. All programs are free to download. These programs allow you to stretch, strengthen, condition, and tone your body, no matter your level of sight. All of these programs are thoroughly described with extra supplementary audio and text materials available.

5 Exercise Ideas for Blind and Partially Sighted People


Easy exercises for you to do at home.

Henshaws Sports Advice


Although the exercise classes listed in this post aren’t currently being run, there is still some great ‘at home’ advice you can take on board




Touching paintings: included in art

Tony Giles Touching paintings I feel included in art

Touching paintings – ‘I feel included in art’

Tony Giles, who is completely blind and severely deaf, is backpacking independently around the world and has visited more than 120 countries.

On his travels around Ethiopia he visits a studio containing paintings which were part of a wider exhibition designed for blind and partially sighted people to experience.

The BBC Travel Show meets him to find out more. BBC video below.

The full programme The Travel Show: Seeing The World Without Sight will be broadcast on Friday 7 June BBC World News and on Saturday 8 June 2019 on the BBC News Channel or watch afterwards on BBC iPlayer (UK only).




The VI friendly Tate!

VI friendly Tate Galleries

latest from Marcus DickeyHorley from the Tate

We are embedding visual impairment awareness into our front of house service.

We are working with visually impaired artists to explain and interpret the Tate collection.

We are using a mix of audio description, touching of both replicas and original sculpture to help people understand the environment.

We are looking to the future to engage with technologies to expand our work.

Vocaleyes has trained ten staff members in visual awareness and the trainees will pass this on to another five hundred colleagues over the next eighteen months

Free audio description tours take place at Tate Britain on the third Monday morning of every month.

We have permission for VI visitors to touch certain exhibits where possible but only those owned by Tate. When visitors touch exhibits they first put on cotton archive gloves.

We use examples of materials to be handled to illustrate the texture of exhibits. The touch tours are led by trained guides. Touch tours are bookable to fit the individual.

A couple of times a year we have a private view Out of hours audio described tour of major exhibitions for those who cannot make the gallery hours tours. The next one is for Picasso at Tate Modern on Monday 21 May from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

Training is being given to our visitor assistants to change the role from warder to welcomer.

We would like more VI people to visit the gallery but rather than squeeze more into the existing number of events we would like to hold more events to accommodate this.

We want to be more multisensory in the experience we offer so not just description and touch but smell also.

We are keen to work with organisations who may wish to bring a group of VI children or young people to the gallery, combining our existing learning programme with the accessibility we have developed.

Many partially sighted visitors use their phones to enlarge an image of an exhibit: now the Tate Galleries staff will not stop you taking photos unless it’s with a flash or tripod, there is no danger of your use of a phone to magnify being mistaken for taking a photo.

Information on our accessible events can be found on our website if you search under audio description. Website: http://www.tate.org.uk

If you would like my email alerts, please let me know by email on Marcus.DickeyHorley@tate.org.uk


The article is taken from the LVIF March Minutes



16 weeks of free classes – Blindaid

Blindaid 16 weeks of fee Classes

16 weeks of free classes to anyone living with sight loss in the 12 inner London boroughs.

People can choose two from the following;

Art, Yoga, Zumba, IT and Creative Writing. All of our tutors are paid and hold current DBS checks. All I need is a name and telephone number and any relevant health information you feel we should be aware of and I can call them to explain more about the project. Each individual can do choose two classes from the following options;

Creative Writing/Recording. With the use of Dictaphones people can try out creative writing and record poems and stories.

IT Classes. This class is for beginners. Service Users can learn how to get on to the internet, use email and learn how to use basic programmes like Word with the use of NVDA – a free screenreader.

Yoga. This classes aim is to make the body stronger with the use of different stretching and breathing techniques.

 Art Classes. These classes will be for trying different forms of art, and we have found it’s a nice chance for people to socialise and get to know one another.

Zumba. Fun exercise to stay active and keep healthy.

I can do bookings for Dial a Ride, but we do encourage people to also travel independently and I can meet people at Whitechapel station.

Contact number is 07735091244 or email  cferguson@blindaid.org.uk

Clarissa Ferguson – Community Project Leader 

BlindAid  Address:  Lantern House, 102 Bermondsey Street,  London,  SE1 3UB




Art workshop for families – with Sight for Surrey

Pushy Pigments - Art workshop for families sight for surrey
The Christian Centre, Church St, Dorking RH4 1DW
2.00pm - 4.00pm
01372 377701
25th March 2017

A tactile art workshop for families; in conjunction with Mole Valley Arts & Alison Carlier

Open to VI children and their siblings.

This is a FREE event but places are limited so BOOK NOW

Pushy Pigments – Art workshop for families

Event Date: Saturday 25th March 2017   Time: 2-4pm

Venue: The Christian Centre, Church St, Dorking RH4 1DW

For more info:

Contact Michelle mwinstone@sightforsurrey.org.uk 01372 377701

Entry form download: Art Workshop Entry From

please send completed form to mwinstone@sightforsurrey.org.uk