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The VICTA Parent Network

VICTA started over 30 years ago as a local parent support network. Our reach has since spread over the entire country, but our original vision of bringing parents together for friendship and support hasn’t changed.

Here at VICTA, we have heard time and time again how the best advice has come from another parent, or how the Family Weekends we host give parents a chance to discuss issues and create solutions. It is vital in many aspects, not only for the child but also the parents, to be able to access the best possible information and we believe that parents are key to this.

We have therefore started our ‘Parent Network’. The aim of this project is to empower parents to support and advise one another, and run local events and groups to create networks of parents across the country. Our Parent Ambassadors that are part of this new scheme have first-hand experience living with and raising children who have a visual impairment.  We believe that these are the people best placed to provide help and advice if you do have any concerns or encounter any problems.

To this end, we have a VICTA Parent Network Facebook group. This is a safe space for you as a parent to ask any questions or seek advice on any topic related to parenting a visually impaired child. Other parents and young adults in the group will provide answers, support and encouragement.

We currently have 8 Parent Ambassadors as part of the VICTA Parent Network. These Ambassadors are charged with being active members on the Facebook group, arranging local events for parents, and visiting schools and organisations as requested to promote the work of VICTA.

To become a Parent Ambassador, or for more information, please email parents@victa.org.uk

Live from the VICTA Facebook page…

21 hours ago

VICTA UK

There's still time to enter our Braille Art Competition! We've had some really lovely entries which we can't wait to share with you once the competition closes.

We've been having a go at displaying our names as braille art in the office, it might give you some inspiration!

Find out more about the prizes, competition categories and how to enter here: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/braille-art/
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1 day ago

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Well done Billy! 👏 ... See MoreSee Less

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2 days ago

VICTA UK

Bryn Lucas is running the Virgin Money London Marathon for VICTA in 2020! Inspired by what he has learnt about VICTA, Bryn will be putting his TV and radio presenting skills to use in a series of challenges, to raise awareness and support our charity.

We’d like the challenges to come straight from the people VICTA supports and so we’d like you, our children, young adults and parents to challenge Bryn to tasks to help him better understand some of the challenges the VI community can face.

If you would like to set Bryn a challenge, please email online@victa.org.uk with your suggestion, better still send a video clip of you setting your challenge so that we can include it in the short films.

Photo description: Bryn sitting in a modern outdoor setting. The photo is overlaid with the VICTA logo and text reading #TeamVICTA #ChallengeBryn
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4 days ago

VICTA UK

Hi Everyone, MOORVISION have just shared their updated 2020 events list for families in the Devon area. Lots of exciting things happening, please read their list below:

Feb 1st Fit and Fun Swim Gala, Plymouth Life Centre STILL BOOKING

Feb 21st VI Youth Wellbeing group 13-18, Ivybridge

March 1st Active Play Cafe Torbay STILL BOOKING

March 7th Clip n Climb, Exeter FULLY BOOKED

April 3rd Youth Wellbeing Group 13-18, Ivybridge

April 17-19th Skern lodge residential, North Devon FULLY BOOKED

May 16th British Blind Sport Have A Go Day – Sport for all – Venue TBA

May 27th Eden Project VICTA trip
Summer half term date TBA Youth Wellbeing Group, Ivybridge

June13th Family Goalball Day, Exeter University

June 27th Under Fives Day with VICTA, Kenn Centre, Exeter

July 11th Kayaking and other activities Plymouth

Summer holidays date TBA Youth Wellbeing Group, Ivybridge

Sept Back to School Day Out TBA

Oct 2nd-5th Calvert Residential, North Devon FULLY BOOKED

Moorvision will also be planning a couple of dates in Plymouth to take part in the Mayflower 400 celebrations.

Contact info@moorvision.org for more information.
... See MoreSee Less

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7 days ago

VICTA UK

Last night VICTA visited the Broughton Milton Keynes Beaver Group - it was great to talk to them about visual impairments and to raise awareness. The children did a great job learning to guide each other successfully and had lots of fun exploring braille, making their own names in clay. Thank you for having us, we loved our visit! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

VICTA UK

Enter VICTA's Braille art competition!

We challenge you to get creative and use the Braille system to produce an inspiring piece of art. Entry categories are for 0 to 10 yrs and 11 to 29 yrs.

For full details, prizes & terms, visit: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/braille-art/
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 week ago

VICTA UK

VICTA Pre-Teen Sleepover for 10 to 13 years

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.

Find out more and apply for a place here:
www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/preteen-sleepover/
... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Luke from the VICTA team spoke to BrailleCast about our current Braille Art Competition running this month.

Have a listen to the podcast to find out more! www.braillecast.com/braillecast-episode-12-braille-art-competition/

If you'd like to try your hand at the competition, find out how to enter here: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/braille-art/
... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Applications are closing soon for our Wellbeing Forest Weekend in March for 18 to 29 years.

Join VICTA to take a break from the stresses of everyday life 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.

Find out more and apply before 17 January here: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/wellbeing-forest/
... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Applications are open for our VICTA Careers Day for young adults aged 18 to 29 years in March.

Ideal for anyone looking to enter the world of work for the first time or finding it a challenge to re-enter. After arriving on the Wednesday evening and meeting the rest of the group, you will take part in a full day of discussion and interactive sessions that will focus on getting the most out of your skill-sets and experiences to date.

The sessions will focus on topics such as CV and cover letter writing, interview technique and accessibility/disclosure of vision impairment. You will also complete a skills audit.

There will also be the opportunity to openly discuss your CV with a graduate employment specialist on the day, as well as access follow up support after the Careers Day.

Ultimately, whatever grades you achieve, you will most likely be competing against others who have similar academic qualifications. Therefore, it’s your employability – the unique mix of skills, abilities and personal qualities you possess – that will make you stand out from the crowd.

Find out more and apply for your place here: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/18-29-careers-day/
... See MoreSee Less

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To stay up to date with VICTA’s latest activities and services to support you and your child, sign up here to receive email updates. 

Contact VICTA

VICTA
5 Douglas House
32-34 Simpson Road
Fenny Stratford
Milton Keynes
MK1 1BA

T 01908 240831
admin@victa.org.uk

Follow us online!

Live from Facebook

21 hours ago

VICTA UK

There's still time to enter our Braille Art Competition! We've had some really lovely entries which we can't wait to share with you once the competition closes.

We've been having a go at displaying our names as braille art in the office, it might give you some inspiration!

Find out more about the prizes, competition categories and how to enter here: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/braille-art/
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 day ago

VICTA UK

Well done Billy! 👏 ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 days ago

VICTA UK

Bryn Lucas is running the Virgin Money London Marathon for VICTA in 2020! Inspired by what he has learnt about VICTA, Bryn will be putting his TV and radio presenting skills to use in a series of challenges, to raise awareness and support our charity.

We’d like the challenges to come straight from the people VICTA supports and so we’d like you, our children, young adults and parents to challenge Bryn to tasks to help him better understand some of the challenges the VI community can face.

If you would like to set Bryn a challenge, please email online@victa.org.uk with your suggestion, better still send a video clip of you setting your challenge so that we can include it in the short films.

Photo description: Bryn sitting in a modern outdoor setting. The photo is overlaid with the VICTA logo and text reading #TeamVICTA #ChallengeBryn
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

4 days ago

VICTA UK

Hi Everyone, MOORVISION have just shared their updated 2020 events list for families in the Devon area. Lots of exciting things happening, please read their list below:

Feb 1st Fit and Fun Swim Gala, Plymouth Life Centre STILL BOOKING

Feb 21st VI Youth Wellbeing group 13-18, Ivybridge

March 1st Active Play Cafe Torbay STILL BOOKING

March 7th Clip n Climb, Exeter FULLY BOOKED

April 3rd Youth Wellbeing Group 13-18, Ivybridge

April 17-19th Skern lodge residential, North Devon FULLY BOOKED

May 16th British Blind Sport Have A Go Day – Sport for all – Venue TBA

May 27th Eden Project VICTA trip
Summer half term date TBA Youth Wellbeing Group, Ivybridge

June13th Family Goalball Day, Exeter University

June 27th Under Fives Day with VICTA, Kenn Centre, Exeter

July 11th Kayaking and other activities Plymouth

Summer holidays date TBA Youth Wellbeing Group, Ivybridge

Sept Back to School Day Out TBA

Oct 2nd-5th Calvert Residential, North Devon FULLY BOOKED

Moorvision will also be planning a couple of dates in Plymouth to take part in the Mayflower 400 celebrations.

Contact info@moorvision.org for more information.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

7 days ago

VICTA UK

Last night VICTA visited the Broughton Milton Keynes Beaver Group - it was great to talk to them about visual impairments and to raise awareness. The children did a great job learning to guide each other successfully and had lots of fun exploring braille, making their own names in clay. Thank you for having us, we loved our visit! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 week ago

VICTA UK

Enter VICTA's Braille art competition!

We challenge you to get creative and use the Braille system to produce an inspiring piece of art. Entry categories are for 0 to 10 yrs and 11 to 29 yrs.

For full details, prizes & terms, visit: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/braille-art/
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 week ago

VICTA UK

VICTA Pre-Teen Sleepover for 10 to 13 years

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.

Find out more and apply for a place here:
www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/preteen-sleepover/
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Luke from the VICTA team spoke to BrailleCast about our current Braille Art Competition running this month.

Have a listen to the podcast to find out more! www.braillecast.com/braillecast-episode-12-braille-art-competition/

If you'd like to try your hand at the competition, find out how to enter here: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/braille-art/
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Applications are closing soon for our Wellbeing Forest Weekend in March for 18 to 29 years.

Join VICTA to take a break from the stresses of everyday life 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.

Find out more and apply before 17 January here: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/wellbeing-forest/
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Applications are open for our VICTA Careers Day for young adults aged 18 to 29 years in March.

Ideal for anyone looking to enter the world of work for the first time or finding it a challenge to re-enter. After arriving on the Wednesday evening and meeting the rest of the group, you will take part in a full day of discussion and interactive sessions that will focus on getting the most out of your skill-sets and experiences to date.

The sessions will focus on topics such as CV and cover letter writing, interview technique and accessibility/disclosure of vision impairment. You will also complete a skills audit.

There will also be the opportunity to openly discuss your CV with a graduate employment specialist on the day, as well as access follow up support after the Careers Day.

Ultimately, whatever grades you achieve, you will most likely be competing against others who have similar academic qualifications. Therefore, it’s your employability – the unique mix of skills, abilities and personal qualities you possess – that will make you stand out from the crowd.

Find out more and apply for your place here: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/18-29-careers-day/
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook
VICTA Parent Logo

The VICTA Parent Network

VICTA started over 30 years ago as a local parent support network. Our reach has since spread over the entire country, but our original vision of connecting parents for friendship and support hasn’t changed.

Here at VICTA, we have heard time and time again how the best advice has come from another parent, or how the Family Weekends we host give parents a chance to discuss issues and create solutions. It is vital in many aspects, not only for the child but also the parents, to be able to access the best possible information and we believe that parents are key to this.

We have therefore started our ‘Parent Network’. The aim of this project is to empower parents to support and advise one another, and run local events and groups to create networks of parents across the country. Our Parent Ambassadors that are part of this new scheme have first-hand experience living with and raising children who have a visual impairment.  We believe that these are the people best placed to provide help and advice if you do have any concerns or encounter any problems.

To this end, we have a VICTA Parent Network Facebook group. This is a safe space for you as a parent to ask any questions or seek advice on any topic related to parenting a visually impaired child. Other parents and young adults in the group will provide answers, support and encouragement.

To join the group, visit: facebook.com/groups/VICTAParentNetwork

We currently have 8 Parent Ambassadors as part of the VICTA Parent Network. These Ambassadors are charged with being active members on the Facebook group, arranging local events for parents, and visiting schools and organisations as requested to promote the work of VICTA.

To become a Parent Ambassador, or for more information, please email parents@victa.org.uk

Live from the VICTA Facebook Page…

21 hours ago

VICTA UK

There's still time to enter our Braille Art Competition! We've had some really lovely entries which we can't wait to share with you once the competition closes.

We've been having a go at displaying our names as braille art in the office, it might give you some inspiration!

Find out more about the prizes, competition categories and how to enter here: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/braille-art/
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 day ago

VICTA UK

Well done Billy! 👏 ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 days ago

VICTA UK

Bryn Lucas is running the Virgin Money London Marathon for VICTA in 2020! Inspired by what he has learnt about VICTA, Bryn will be putting his TV and radio presenting skills to use in a series of challenges, to raise awareness and support our charity.

We’d like the challenges to come straight from the people VICTA supports and so we’d like you, our children, young adults and parents to challenge Bryn to tasks to help him better understand some of the challenges the VI community can face.

If you would like to set Bryn a challenge, please email online@victa.org.uk with your suggestion, better still send a video clip of you setting your challenge so that we can include it in the short films.

Photo description: Bryn sitting in a modern outdoor setting. The photo is overlaid with the VICTA logo and text reading #TeamVICTA #ChallengeBryn
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

4 days ago

VICTA UK

Hi Everyone, MOORVISION have just shared their updated 2020 events list for families in the Devon area. Lots of exciting things happening, please read their list below:

Feb 1st Fit and Fun Swim Gala, Plymouth Life Centre STILL BOOKING

Feb 21st VI Youth Wellbeing group 13-18, Ivybridge

March 1st Active Play Cafe Torbay STILL BOOKING

March 7th Clip n Climb, Exeter FULLY BOOKED

April 3rd Youth Wellbeing Group 13-18, Ivybridge

April 17-19th Skern lodge residential, North Devon FULLY BOOKED

May 16th British Blind Sport Have A Go Day – Sport for all – Venue TBA

May 27th Eden Project VICTA trip
Summer half term date TBA Youth Wellbeing Group, Ivybridge

June13th Family Goalball Day, Exeter University

June 27th Under Fives Day with VICTA, Kenn Centre, Exeter

July 11th Kayaking and other activities Plymouth

Summer holidays date TBA Youth Wellbeing Group, Ivybridge

Sept Back to School Day Out TBA

Oct 2nd-5th Calvert Residential, North Devon FULLY BOOKED

Moorvision will also be planning a couple of dates in Plymouth to take part in the Mayflower 400 celebrations.

Contact info@moorvision.org for more information.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

7 days ago

VICTA UK

Last night VICTA visited the Broughton Milton Keynes Beaver Group - it was great to talk to them about visual impairments and to raise awareness. The children did a great job learning to guide each other successfully and had lots of fun exploring braille, making their own names in clay. Thank you for having us, we loved our visit! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 week ago

VICTA UK

Enter VICTA's Braille art competition!

We challenge you to get creative and use the Braille system to produce an inspiring piece of art. Entry categories are for 0 to 10 yrs and 11 to 29 yrs.

For full details, prizes & terms, visit: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/braille-art/
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 week ago

VICTA UK

VICTA Pre-Teen Sleepover for 10 to 13 years

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.

Find out more and apply for a place here:
www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/preteen-sleepover/
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Luke from the VICTA team spoke to BrailleCast about our current Braille Art Competition running this month.

Have a listen to the podcast to find out more! www.braillecast.com/braillecast-episode-12-braille-art-competition/

If you'd like to try your hand at the competition, find out how to enter here: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/braille-art/
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Applications are closing soon for our Wellbeing Forest Weekend in March for 18 to 29 years.

Join VICTA to take a break from the stresses of everyday life 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.

Find out more and apply before 17 January here: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/wellbeing-forest/
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Applications are open for our VICTA Careers Day for young adults aged 18 to 29 years in March.

Ideal for anyone looking to enter the world of work for the first time or finding it a challenge to re-enter. After arriving on the Wednesday evening and meeting the rest of the group, you will take part in a full day of discussion and interactive sessions that will focus on getting the most out of your skill-sets and experiences to date.

The sessions will focus on topics such as CV and cover letter writing, interview technique and accessibility/disclosure of vision impairment. You will also complete a skills audit.

There will also be the opportunity to openly discuss your CV with a graduate employment specialist on the day, as well as access follow up support after the Careers Day.

Ultimately, whatever grades you achieve, you will most likely be competing against others who have similar academic qualifications. Therefore, it’s your employability – the unique mix of skills, abilities and personal qualities you possess – that will make you stand out from the crowd.

Find out more and apply for your place here: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/18-29-careers-day/
... See MoreSee Less

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