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Fenny Stratford
Milton Keynes
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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…

13 hours ago

VICTA UK
My experience of lockdown and social distancing, By Harriet Smith"Everyone has had to adapt their life in some way during lockdown and get used to the imposed restrictions and social distancing, but for me as a visually impaired person, it has been incredibly challenging." Read Harriet's full article in the latest edition of #STRiVE: www.victa.org.uk/strive-lockdown-social-distancing/ ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

VICTA UK
🌈 'A message of hope' by VICTA Young Ambassador Ruqaiya Asim 🌈 "Lockdown has been extremely difficult for a countless number of people. I understand that everyone has been affected in one way or another, I just want you to know that you are not alone!"Read Ruqaiya's full article where she shares more about her lockdown experiences and the process of applying for university from a distance: www.victa.org.uk/strive-hope/ ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

VICTA UK
Every day, fraudsters are bombarding the UK public with scams, ruthlessly exploiting events like the pandemic to catch us off guard. People are falling victim to scams by email, text, phone and social media. We all need to stay alert. Why not join this free online workshop with The Money Charity and learn about ways to keep your money safe online.Sign up for your place here: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/money-fraud/ ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

VICTA UK
Have you hidden a tactile rock in your local area yet? Take a photo and share it with us when you do! We want to cover the countryside with them!www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/rocks/ ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

VICTA UK
Saying hello to the futureWelcome to the latest issue of our STRiVE newsletter. This time the Young Ambassador group Ruqaiya, Ibz, Sonal, Owais, George and myself, Harriet, have decided to explore the theme of lockdown and the wide range of ways it has affected everyone. But rather than put a negative slant on the last year, we wanted to do the opposite and focus on the positives that have come out of it for some members of the group, and what we’re all looking forward to beyond lockdown. Inside you will find articles on all aspects of lockdown life: from the surprising benefits of online education to the difficulties of social distancing with a guide dog. So come on a journey with us and say hello to the future!www.victa.org.uk/young-adults/strive/strive-hello-future/ ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

VICTA UK
Join us on the next bank holiday Monday 3rd May for our virtual Family Day! We are offering a day filled with bookable time slots allowing you the chance to speak with different NCW departments, an advocacy session to discuss the student journey, as well as the opportunity to talk to current students. Registered attendees will also receive a pre-recorded Family Day video led by NCW students providing a host of interviews with subject teachers! Book your virtual place here: www.ncw.co.uk/blog/events/family-day/#NCW #VirtualFamilyDay #TalkToUs ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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🙌 beautiful! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

VICTA UK
We’re looking forward to hiding these around our local area for others to find! We’d like to challenge everyone to paint and hide a tactile rock this Easter.We used some puffy fabric paint to decorate these and had a Braille alphabet to hand. Give it a go, spread some inclusive joy and share your photos with us by tagging @VICTAUK Find out more about our mission to make rock painting fun for all: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/rocks/ ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

VICTA UK
Are you looking for something delicious to make over Easter with all that chocolate? Over to VICTA Young Ambassador Harriet who has the perfect recipe to share with you!www.victa.org.uk/harriet-toblerone-mousse/ ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
If you were unable to join us at our Live Panel Event at the VICTA Parent Wellbeing Retreat, you can now watch the recording here!It's well worth a watch as we received invaluable insights, advice and reassurance from our panel, who were able to share from both professional and personal perspectives.We welcomed attendees to pre-submit questions around the theme of mental health and emotional wellbeing. Discussions touched on the effects of the pandemic, the emotional implications of cane training, friendships and belonging within the setting, general resilience development and at what time is the right time for medical intervention for low mood.With thanks to our panel: Laura Hughes MOORVISION, Claire Windmill RSBC, Lorna Payne Blatchington Court Trust, Elin Williams My Blurred World and Karen Newell Toy Like Me and thank you to everyone who joined us on the day!youtu.be/zbDqsdZLP8A ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
Thanks so much for being part of it Vision Norfolk and sharing your fantastic virtual Story Time and Sing-a-long with our families! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
One for any budding singers! ⭐Are you a budding singer with star quality?LOOK is unbelievably excited to be the official UK selection committee for the online European song contest for visually impaired musicians.Better get those vocal cords warmed up! If you love to sing and want to be in with the opportunity to represent the UK in the final of Euro Low Vision 2021 all you need to do is perform an original song at our live, online UK Selection show on Sunday the 25th of April.For more information and to register click on the link below:ow.ly/FUI750DZB81 ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
VICTA Parents Wellbeing Retreat- How to promote a healthy sleeping pattern- by Vicky Milbourne ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
VICTA Parent Wellbeing Retreat- Sensory Story Session and Sing Along, with Vision Norfolk ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
Thank you to Marks and Spencer, Central Milton Keynes who have continued their fundraising and raised a further £3,500 for VICTA! We are so grateful, thank you so much from all of us at VICTA! 🌈 ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
As part of the VICTA Virtual Parent Wellbeing Retreat, Karen Newell, co-founder of Toy Like Me, introduces herself and her children, Avah and Fred. Fred was born with a rare condition called FEVRE, Karen explains how she navigated the early years emotionally and talks in depth about how her response to Fred's condition evolved. Karen uses her experiences with Fred to change the world to make it more inclusive - Proactive for Positivity! "For kids with disability, growing up being the only one in your class to rock hearing aids or roll on wheels, and rarely seeing anyone like you positively reflected in toys, books, TV, films can lead to a sense of isolation and low self esteem."youtu.be/1o26bFm4o48 ... 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

13 hours ago

VICTA UK
My experience of lockdown and social distancing, By Harriet Smith"Everyone has had to adapt their life in some way during lockdown and get used to the imposed restrictions and social distancing, but for me as a visually impaired person, it has been incredibly challenging." Read Harriet's full article in the latest edition of #STRiVE: www.victa.org.uk/strive-lockdown-social-distancing/ ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

2 days ago

VICTA UK
🌈 'A message of hope' by VICTA Young Ambassador Ruqaiya Asim 🌈 "Lockdown has been extremely difficult for a countless number of people. I understand that everyone has been affected in one way or another, I just want you to know that you are not alone!"Read Ruqaiya's full article where she shares more about her lockdown experiences and the process of applying for university from a distance: www.victa.org.uk/strive-hope/ ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 days ago

VICTA UK
Every day, fraudsters are bombarding the UK public with scams, ruthlessly exploiting events like the pandemic to catch us off guard. People are falling victim to scams by email, text, phone and social media. We all need to stay alert. Why not join this free online workshop with The Money Charity and learn about ways to keep your money safe online.Sign up for your place here: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/money-fraud/ ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

1 week ago

VICTA UK
Have you hidden a tactile rock in your local area yet? Take a photo and share it with us when you do! We want to cover the countryside with them!www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/rocks/ ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

1 week ago

VICTA UK
Saying hello to the futureWelcome to the latest issue of our STRiVE newsletter. This time the Young Ambassador group Ruqaiya, Ibz, Sonal, Owais, George and myself, Harriet, have decided to explore the theme of lockdown and the wide range of ways it has affected everyone. But rather than put a negative slant on the last year, we wanted to do the opposite and focus on the positives that have come out of it for some members of the group, and what we’re all looking forward to beyond lockdown. Inside you will find articles on all aspects of lockdown life: from the surprising benefits of online education to the difficulties of social distancing with a guide dog. So come on a journey with us and say hello to the future!www.victa.org.uk/young-adults/strive/strive-hello-future/ ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

1 week ago

VICTA UK
Join us on the next bank holiday Monday 3rd May for our virtual Family Day! We are offering a day filled with bookable time slots allowing you the chance to speak with different NCW departments, an advocacy session to discuss the student journey, as well as the opportunity to talk to current students. Registered attendees will also receive a pre-recorded Family Day video led by NCW students providing a host of interviews with subject teachers! Book your virtual place here: www.ncw.co.uk/blog/events/family-day/#NCW #VirtualFamilyDay #TalkToUs ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK
🙌 beautiful! ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK
We’re looking forward to hiding these around our local area for others to find! We’d like to challenge everyone to paint and hide a tactile rock this Easter.We used some puffy fabric paint to decorate these and had a Braille alphabet to hand. Give it a go, spread some inclusive joy and share your photos with us by tagging @VICTAUK Find out more about our mission to make rock painting fun for all: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/rocks/ ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK
Are you looking for something delicious to make over Easter with all that chocolate? Over to VICTA Young Ambassador Harriet who has the perfect recipe to share with you!www.victa.org.uk/harriet-toblerone-mousse/ ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
If you were unable to join us at our Live Panel Event at the VICTA Parent Wellbeing Retreat, you can now watch the recording here!It's well worth a watch as we received invaluable insights, advice and reassurance from our panel, who were able to share from both professional and personal perspectives.We welcomed attendees to pre-submit questions around the theme of mental health and emotional wellbeing. Discussions touched on the effects of the pandemic, the emotional implications of cane training, friendships and belonging within the setting, general resilience development and at what time is the right time for medical intervention for low mood.With thanks to our panel: Laura Hughes MOORVISION, Claire Windmill RSBC, Lorna Payne Blatchington Court Trust, Elin Williams My Blurred World and Karen Newell Toy Like Me and thank you to everyone who joined us on the day!youtu.be/zbDqsdZLP8A ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
Thanks so much for being part of it Vision Norfolk and sharing your fantastic virtual Story Time and Sing-a-long with our families! ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
One for any budding singers! ⭐Are you a budding singer with star quality?LOOK is unbelievably excited to be the official UK selection committee for the online European song contest for visually impaired musicians.Better get those vocal cords warmed up! If you love to sing and want to be in with the opportunity to represent the UK in the final of Euro Low Vision 2021 all you need to do is perform an original song at our live, online UK Selection show on Sunday the 25th of April.For more information and to register click on the link below:ow.ly/FUI750DZB81 ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
VICTA Parents Wellbeing Retreat- How to promote a healthy sleeping pattern- by Vicky Milbourne ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
VICTA Parent Wellbeing Retreat- Sensory Story Session and Sing Along, with Vision Norfolk ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
Thank you to Marks and Spencer, Central Milton Keynes who have continued their fundraising and raised a further £3,500 for VICTA! We are so grateful, thank you so much from all of us at VICTA! 🌈 ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
As part of the VICTA Virtual Parent Wellbeing Retreat, Karen Newell, co-founder of Toy Like Me, introduces herself and her children, Avah and Fred. Fred was born with a rare condition called FEVRE, Karen explains how she navigated the early years emotionally and talks in depth about how her response to Fred's condition evolved. Karen uses her experiences with Fred to change the world to make it more inclusive - Proactive for Positivity! "For kids with disability, growing up being the only one in your class to rock hearing aids or roll on wheels, and rarely seeing anyone like you positively reflected in toys, books, TV, films can lead to a sense of isolation and low self esteem."youtu.be/1o26bFm4o48 ... 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…

13 hours ago

VICTA UK
My experience of lockdown and social distancing, By Harriet Smith"Everyone has had to adapt their life in some way during lockdown and get used to the imposed restrictions and social distancing, but for me as a visually impaired person, it has been incredibly challenging." Read Harriet's full article in the latest edition of #STRiVE: www.victa.org.uk/strive-lockdown-social-distancing/ ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

2 days ago

VICTA UK
🌈 'A message of hope' by VICTA Young Ambassador Ruqaiya Asim 🌈 "Lockdown has been extremely difficult for a countless number of people. I understand that everyone has been affected in one way or another, I just want you to know that you are not alone!"Read Ruqaiya's full article where she shares more about her lockdown experiences and the process of applying for university from a distance: www.victa.org.uk/strive-hope/ ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 days ago

VICTA UK
Every day, fraudsters are bombarding the UK public with scams, ruthlessly exploiting events like the pandemic to catch us off guard. People are falling victim to scams by email, text, phone and social media. We all need to stay alert. Why not join this free online workshop with The Money Charity and learn about ways to keep your money safe online.Sign up for your place here: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/money-fraud/ ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

1 week ago

VICTA UK
Have you hidden a tactile rock in your local area yet? Take a photo and share it with us when you do! We want to cover the countryside with them!www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/rocks/ ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

1 week ago

VICTA UK
Saying hello to the futureWelcome to the latest issue of our STRiVE newsletter. This time the Young Ambassador group Ruqaiya, Ibz, Sonal, Owais, George and myself, Harriet, have decided to explore the theme of lockdown and the wide range of ways it has affected everyone. But rather than put a negative slant on the last year, we wanted to do the opposite and focus on the positives that have come out of it for some members of the group, and what we’re all looking forward to beyond lockdown. Inside you will find articles on all aspects of lockdown life: from the surprising benefits of online education to the difficulties of social distancing with a guide dog. So come on a journey with us and say hello to the future!www.victa.org.uk/young-adults/strive/strive-hello-future/ ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

1 week ago

VICTA UK
Join us on the next bank holiday Monday 3rd May for our virtual Family Day! We are offering a day filled with bookable time slots allowing you the chance to speak with different NCW departments, an advocacy session to discuss the student journey, as well as the opportunity to talk to current students. Registered attendees will also receive a pre-recorded Family Day video led by NCW students providing a host of interviews with subject teachers! Book your virtual place here: www.ncw.co.uk/blog/events/family-day/#NCW #VirtualFamilyDay #TalkToUs ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK
🙌 beautiful! ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK
We’re looking forward to hiding these around our local area for others to find! We’d like to challenge everyone to paint and hide a tactile rock this Easter.We used some puffy fabric paint to decorate these and had a Braille alphabet to hand. Give it a go, spread some inclusive joy and share your photos with us by tagging @VICTAUK Find out more about our mission to make rock painting fun for all: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/rocks/ ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK
Are you looking for something delicious to make over Easter with all that chocolate? Over to VICTA Young Ambassador Harriet who has the perfect recipe to share with you!www.victa.org.uk/harriet-toblerone-mousse/ ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
If you were unable to join us at our Live Panel Event at the VICTA Parent Wellbeing Retreat, you can now watch the recording here!It's well worth a watch as we received invaluable insights, advice and reassurance from our panel, who were able to share from both professional and personal perspectives.We welcomed attendees to pre-submit questions around the theme of mental health and emotional wellbeing. Discussions touched on the effects of the pandemic, the emotional implications of cane training, friendships and belonging within the setting, general resilience development and at what time is the right time for medical intervention for low mood.With thanks to our panel: Laura Hughes MOORVISION, Claire Windmill RSBC, Lorna Payne Blatchington Court Trust, Elin Williams My Blurred World and Karen Newell Toy Like Me and thank you to everyone who joined us on the day!youtu.be/zbDqsdZLP8A ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
Thanks so much for being part of it Vision Norfolk and sharing your fantastic virtual Story Time and Sing-a-long with our families! ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
One for any budding singers! ⭐Are you a budding singer with star quality?LOOK is unbelievably excited to be the official UK selection committee for the online European song contest for visually impaired musicians.Better get those vocal cords warmed up! If you love to sing and want to be in with the opportunity to represent the UK in the final of Euro Low Vision 2021 all you need to do is perform an original song at our live, online UK Selection show on Sunday the 25th of April.For more information and to register click on the link below:ow.ly/FUI750DZB81 ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
VICTA Parents Wellbeing Retreat- How to promote a healthy sleeping pattern- by Vicky Milbourne ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
VICTA Parent Wellbeing Retreat- Sensory Story Session and Sing Along, with Vision Norfolk ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
Thank you to Marks and Spencer, Central Milton Keynes who have continued their fundraising and raised a further £3,500 for VICTA! We are so grateful, thank you so much from all of us at VICTA! 🌈 ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

VICTA UK
As part of the VICTA Virtual Parent Wellbeing Retreat, Karen Newell, co-founder of Toy Like Me, introduces herself and her children, Avah and Fred. Fred was born with a rare condition called FEVRE, Karen explains how she navigated the early years emotionally and talks in depth about how her response to Fred's condition evolved. Karen uses her experiences with Fred to change the world to make it more inclusive - Proactive for Positivity! "For kids with disability, growing up being the only one in your class to rock hearing aids or roll on wheels, and rarely seeing anyone like you positively reflected in toys, books, TV, films can lead to a sense of isolation and low self esteem."youtu.be/1o26bFm4o48 ... See MoreSee Less
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