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VICTA Pre-Teen Sleepover!

VICTA Pre-Teen Sleepover for 10 to 13 years - Closing Date 28 Feb 2020
New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
01908 240 831
16th April 2020

VICTA Pre-Teen Sleepover!

When: 16 to 17 April 2020  Closing Date: 28 February 2020
Who: 10 to 13 years
Location: New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
Cost: £20

This Easter, join VICTA for a sleepover!

As well as taking part in lots of fun and exciting activities such as sensory art, sporty games and access to the New College Worcester (NCW) youth club (air hockey, Lego, musical instruments, pool table and more), your child will also meet lots of new people and make new friends.

With the support of the independent living skills team at NCW, your child will also have a go at cooking and helping out with making lunch and dinner (including food prep and washing up) as well as providing support in developing other key skills.

We appreciate that growing up with sight loss can bring practical, emotional and social challenges. Our pre-teen activities are designed to provide hands-on learning in fun, safe and supportive environments.

If you would like to join us on this activity, please apply on our website via the link below.

Find out more and apply


Earn your DofE with VICTA!

Earn your Duke of Edinburghs Award with VICTA

Earn your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with VICTA

VICTA worked with the team at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 2018 and 2019 to develop and deliver both a Bronze and Silver DofE Award programme for young people who are visually impaired.

Founded by The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, The Award has built an admirable reputation not just for developing life skills but among colleges, universities and employers who recognise it as a mark of excellence on personal statements, CVs and job applications.

It is awarded as recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development. Its balanced programme develops the whole person – mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction, problem-solving and team working.

Duke of Edinburgh

Universities and employers look for key attributes such as leadership, teamwork, self-motivation, communication, confidence and the ability to learn. DofE is a great way to achieve a lot of these in one go.

Given the achievements of the programme, we now host regular expeditions for the Bronze Award. We are always looking for groups of blind or partially sighted young people aged 14 to 25.

We also deliver a Silver Award programme, for those students who have completed their Bronze award. This is suited to students aged 15 to 25.

What will it involve?

The Bronze and Silver programmes are achieved by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections normally over a period of around 12 months. These sections are Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.

Bronze Participants must do a minimum of three months activity for each of the Volunteering, Skills and Physical sections, and plan, train for and do a two-day (one night) Expedition.

Volunteering includes an activity that gives back to the community. The skills element is based on learning something; usually something new however you can also continue a skill you are already learning. Finally, the Physical activity can be any sport.

You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Skills or Physical sections. It’s your choice which one and, though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning.

Silver participants must do a minimum of six months activity on the Volunteering and a minimum of three months for the Skills and Physical sections, (selecting an additional three months for either the Skills or Physical sections) and plan, train for and do a three-day (two nights) Expedition.

If you are enrolled on the programme, you will be expected to show a regular commitment to The Award, usually at least one hour per week. This means they can be fitted in around your academic study, hobbies and social life.

The best bit. The expedition

While the most challenging element, the expedition is also the most rewarding and is designed to develop initiative and leadership. You will need to come together with the other participants to plan, train for and complete an adventurous camping trip somewhere in the UK.

For the Bronze Award, you will be out for two expeditions, both of which are two days and one night in length, both of which will be camping.

For the Silver Award, you will again do two expeditions, but they will be three days and two nights of camping.

How it works

It’s a totally personal programme – designed for you, by you. You get to do things that you’re interested in and that you think are worthwhile. You might be doing things that already count towards DofE or you might do something completely new. Either way, you’re guaranteed to meet some great people, help others, develop your own skills in a whole range of ways and have fun.

Whatever you choose to do, you will need to evidence your activity by keeping a diary, using photographs, receiving certificates and uploading to the DofE website using eDofE.

You will need to find an Assessor to sign off each DofE section. The Assessor can be anyone who knows about or organises the activity you have chosen. It might be the gym or sports instructor, art teacher, club or volunteering event organiser and so on. It cannot be a family member.

Most importantly, we will bring all participants together to discuss and plan the expedition. We will support the practice and the qualifying expedition, ensuring both are delivered safely within appropriate boundaries and supervision

How VICTA will help

If you need us to, we can supply ideas and help you decide what works best for you. While your activity choices need to be exciting they must also be realistic for your budget, transport and local facilities. More significantly, they must sit within the DofE standard.

We will remind you about gathering your evidence, including a prompt to ensure you get your Assessor to write a final report as proof of you completing your activity allowing you to complete that section

What next?

If you are interested in joining either of our Bronze or Silver DofE Award programmes, please apply via the links below.


VICTA Spring Family Weekend 2020

VICTA Spring Family Weekend Closing Date for Applying: 21 Feb 2020

VICTA Family Weekend 2020 applications are now open!

Closing Application Date: 21 February 2020

Our ever-popular VICTA Family Weekends are now open, if you have a child aged 5 to 17 who has a vision impairment, you and your family can apply to join us!  Family Weekends are a great opportunity to try new things, meet people and share experiences. We provide a range of amazing activities for you and your children, as well as a chance to attend workshops and talks.

We will be hosting two Family Weekends, one in Spring (22 to 25 May 2020) and one in Summer (31 July to 3 August 2020).

Please make sure you apply before the closing date on 21 February 2020 as these weekends are always oversubscribed.

Event details for the  Spring Family  Weekend 2020

Closing Date to Apply: 21 February 2020  Event Date: 22 to 25 May 2020
Who: 5 to 17 years plus immediate family
Theme: Space Online Entry Form:  https://blindsport.uk/SpringFamily
Location: Dearne Valley, Doncaster
Cost: £50 per person (under 5s are free), if this is your family’s first VICTA family weekend we offer an introductory price of £40 per person

The Spring weekend is our first of the year and we will be heading back to Dearne Valley, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Dearne Valley promises a fantastic array of exciting activities spread across 50 acres of grassland, woodland and wetland. Activities on offer at the centre include high and low ropes, zipwire, climbing, aeroball, archery, sport and team building activities, raft building and kayaking. The activities will be run by the ‘Kingswood’ activity staff who ensure everyone has an amazing time.

To find out more about the Spring Family Weekend and to apply, please follow the link below.



Wellbeing Forest Weekend

Wellbeing Forest Weekend closing Date 17 Jan 2020 with Victa

Wellbeing Forest Weekend with VICTA

VICTA is looking for young individuals who would like to take a break from the stresses of everyday life. Join us among the patchwork of pines, heathland and broad leaves of Thetford Forest, Norfolk. Themed around wellbeing, the weekend will balance indoor and outdoor activities including yoga, forest walks, arts and crafts and canoeing. Everything has been designed to leave you feeling refreshed and energised.

Closing Date: 17 January    Event Date: 13 to 16 March 2020
Who: 18 to 29 years  Cost: £90
Location: Thetford Forest
Find out more and apply: https://blindsport.uk/Victa13March

We will be staying in Thorpe Woodland’s new escape pods: comfortable, cosy and warm, the pods are perfect backdrop to getting back to nature and taking a break from the hustle and bustle. Camping facilities include campfire circles, outdoor sinks with hot water and modern shower/toilet blocks. We will be making full use of the campfires in the evening, to not only cook our food but to sit around and toast marshmallows.

As ever, VICTA trips are no holiday; you will have a relaxing yet busy weekend, not only trying new activities and experiences but meeting new people too.

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Water Sports Trip to Sicily

VICTA Water Sports Trip to Sicily Age 18 29 Years Closing Date 6 March
Closing Date: 6 March 2020 - Event Date: 1 to 7 June 2020  
06th March 2020

VICTA Water Sports Trip to Sicily

Age range: 18 to 29 years

VICTA is looking for adventurous young adults willing to try out a whole host of water sports, including windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding and kayaking.
With lessons from experienced and trained instructors at the water sports school, you will get a taste for a new sport that VICTA will also be able to support you in continuing after the trip.

As ever, VICTA trips are no holiday; you will have an action-packed week of fun and exploration, not only trying new sports and new foods but meeting new people too. If you want to lounge and sunbathe for a week, this is not the trip for you!
Closing Date: 6 March 2020  Event Date: 1 to 7 June 2020
Who: 18 to 29 years  Location: Sicily  Cost: £450
please apply via this link: https://www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/sicily/