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Echo 4th Gen FREE for blind and partially sighted people!

Photo shows a Echo 4th gen with it blue light on, up against a mirror so it shows the front speaker in light grey with a clock on the front

RNIB have approached VICTA as a partner to distribute a number of 4th Generation Amazon Echo devices as a FREE gift to blind and partially sighted people who would benefit the most!

You can use the device to access the RNIB library and reading services which are now fully accessible via Amazon Echo. You can also ask the device to call the RNIB Helpline.

  • Recipients of the offer must meet the following criteria:
  • Be registered or registerable blind or partially sighted
  • Be a UK resident
  • Not currently own an Echo device
  • Be connected to the internet
  • Have an email address
  • Have a smart phone, tablet or computer access, necessary to enable the device; this
  • may be via friends or family if not personally owned
  •  Be for your own personal use; this device is not for resale
  • One device per customer

If you are interested in applying for one of the 4th Generation Amazon Echo devices and meet the criteria above, please email grants@victa.org.uk for further information. Please note, we will have limited numbers and eligible applicants will be awarded devices on a first-come, first-served basis.


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Exciting exploring opportunities!

photo of an explorers taking a photo of a sunset high up, looking over the hills - Exciting exploring opportunities with the British Exploring Society

VICTA is excited to share two exciting opportunities with the British Exploring Society (BES) with you!

  • When: Dates across July and August 2021
  • Who: 14 to 25 year olds
  • Location: Scotland, please see below for more information
  • Closing Date: 7 June 2021

Find out more about the two expeditions below and follow the links to find out more and start an amazing adventure. If you would like to take part, you will need to apply directly through BES, you will find the information / links you need below!

When completing the application form, please enter ‘VICTA’ where it asks ‘How did you hear about BES?’

Both trips are fully funded expeditions, with some fundraising required as part of the Ben Saunders Challenge.

Watch their YouTube video below to find out what it’s like to go on an expedition.

Hartz Scottish Explorers

Open to anyone aged 14 to 17. Climb to the summits of spectacular hills or explore a secluded valley nestled in the Scottish Highlands, engaging with this remote environment in different ways – you might be conducting experiments, laying camera traps or comparing water quality in mountain streams.

Location: Scotland
Dates: 26 July to 7 August 2021 or 9 August to 21 August 2021
Download the welcome pack as a pdf: Hartz Scottish Explorers Welcome Pack
Fundraising Challenge: Ben Saunders Challenge

Find out more information about the Hartz Scottish Explorers expedition and apply to join on the BES website (please mention VICTA when completing the application form):
Click here to find out more and express your interest


Landmark Scottish Highlands

Open to anyone aged 16 to 25. Explore the 15-mile-long Loch Tay by canoe, making camp on the shores. You may also choose to trek around or over some of the local Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft). With no set itinerary, you can shape your adventures during this programme.

Location: Loch Tay, Scotland
Dates: 2 to 14 August or 16 to 28 August 2021
Download the welcome pack as a pdf: Landmark Scottish Highlands Welcome Pack
Fundraising Challenge: Ben Saunders Challenge

Find out more information about the Landmark Scottish Highlands expedition and apply to join on the BES website (please mention VICTA when completing the application form):
Click here to find out more and express your interest


For more events with VICTA,  you can visit there website here: https://www.victa.org.uk


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The VICTA Summer Festival 5-6 Sept 2020!

VICTA Summer Festival is coming 5 - 6 Sept 2020

The VICTA Summer Festival is coming!

We want to put some more fun into the world. That’s why we are launching the VICTA Summer Festival and challenging you to get creative over the summer.

Join in the fun and we will celebrate and showcase everyone’s achievements at our online Summer Festival Weekend from 5 to 6 September 2020.

With five stages and plenty of prizes, there is truly something for everyone. Take a look around our festival site. Be inspired. Get your paint brushes out. Sharpen your pencils. Tune up your guitar.

For all this excitement to happen, we need you!

Get your creative juices flowing and start showcasing your talents. All entries submitted will be entered into our prize draw for the chance of winning a £50 Amazon voucher! Simply visit our festival website and decide which tent is for you.


Be brave. Be bold. Go big and share your efforts!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch at festival@victa.org.uk.



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




SEEING Exhibition Project via online workshops and phone calls!

SEEING Exhibition Project with VICTA and the Science Gallery London

Science Gallery London consultation workshop

Health considerations: Considering the current health emergency, we are considering other alternative forms of consultations, like online workshops and phone calls.

The Science Gallery London (SGL) and VICTA are teaming up to deliver a project as part of the SGL’s SEEING Exhibition and season of events which is hopefully  launching 22 July.
This co-created artistic project requires a team of creative young adults with a vision impairment aged 18-25 years to design and lead it.

When: Starts end of April
More details on timescales are available on the application page
Who: 18 to 25 years Organisers: Science Gallery London and VICTA:
Location: Science Gallery London, London Bridge
Cost: Free – see ‘Other Practical Information’ below
Closing Date: 31 March 2020  Find out more and apply

Call for blind and partially sighted participants to consult on upcoming gallery exhibition

We are looking for blind and partially sighted participants that would be willing to take part in consultation workshops about an upcoming exhibition about ‘sight’. The gallery is an incredible space for young people, and it’s working to make their programmes and spaces accessible,

We are mainly looking for participants who are between 15 and 25 years old, but we are very flexible.

In case you are unable to attend the workshop, but you would like to contribute, please get in touch and we will arrange an alternative way.

Date: Saturday 25/04/2020
Time: 11am- 1pm
Contact: Rafie, the workshop organiser, on raffaella.cecilia.14@ucl.ac.uk

About the consultation:

Science Gallery London would like to invite a group of young people (mainly aged 15-25, but older people are welcome) to participate in a 2-hours consultation workshop about accessibility, resources and information for the upcoming exhibition ‘Seeing’ (details below). The workshop will include a presentation about the exhibition, its aims and objectives, the artworks, and the events season that will run alongside the exhibition.

The aim of the consultation is to hear what resources would be interesting for blind & partially sighted visitors and what shape that content could take. We are particularly interested in exploring with the group the scope for and interest in live audio description, tactile models, or recorded audio, amongst other forms. We would like to use the outcomes of the consultation to feed in to designing meaningful forms of content for blind and partially sighted visitors, and to create a long-term commitment within the gallery to the experience of blind and partially sighted visitors.

Who can apply?

You must be:

  • Registered or registrable blind or partially sighted
  • At least 15 on 31st March 2020
  • Aged 25 or under on 22nd July 2020
  • Able to maintain your own personal hygiene
  • Able to independently take medication (if applicable)

Find out more and apply