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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

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Newham Cricket Club have asked us to share their Disability Cricket Open Day on Wednesday the 4th of August. It is being held at the Moore Pavilion and Flanders Playing Filed, at Napier Road, E6 25G, East Ham, London.The event is free of charge and is open to everyone. Previous experience in cricket is not required as this day is for everyone to have a taster and a good time; have fun and meet likeminded people.For any further information, or if there is anyone who will require assistance on the day, contact Owais by email on owaisniaz1@hotmail.com. ... See MoreSee Less
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Guide Dogs UK's #TechForAll grant scheme is now live:For children with sight loss, technology is vital. That’s why we’ve launched our new Tech for All service which provides free iPads or iPhones to children with a vision impairment. Find out more on our website: bit.ly/3ifnijG[Visual description: Image of a young service user laying on a rug outside looking at her iPad. The Guide Dogs logo is in the top left corner of the image on a blue background with the text ‘Tech for All’.] ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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Don’t forget we have some spaces available to run for #TeamVICTA in this years London Marathon! Train through those long summer days and run this October. Spread the word! 🌈The great weather has really put a spring in our running steps! We hope you’re feeling as ready to run as we are to make a real change in people’s lives who have been emotionally vulnerable over the last year. Run the 2021 London Marathon for VICTA and make the biggest difference to children and young adults who are blind or partially sighted. With your support, we can offer amazing opportunities to help rebuild confidence, combat isolation and look forward to bright, inclusive futures.After an undoubtedly challenging year, we desperately need your support - be part of the team that does something amazing and makes the biggest difference to people’s lives!Grab your place here: www.victa.org.uk/event/london-marathon/#TeamVICTA #LondonMarathon ... See MoreSee Less
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Feeling inspired by Wimbledon? Last chance to join us for a VI tennis taster day in Nottingham for 10 to 17 years, £5. Apply here before Monday: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/vi-tennis-nottingham/ #VITennis #tennis ... See MoreSee Less
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IF: Milton Keynes International FestivalSaturday 10 to Friday 30 JulyThis year’s Festival extends across 21 days, giving people more time and space to enjoy events across the city, in parks and green spaces, as well as online. With most of the programme free to attend, there is a focus on family-friendly and accessible events. The festival welcomes Assistance Dogs at all events.Here is the programme of audio-described events which you may like to apply for tickets to as provided by the festival: --------Audio Described Guided Tour of Artworks Saturday 24 July, from 12.15am to 1.30pmMeet in Middleton Hall, centre:mkThis Audio Described Guided Tour is led by Bill Gee (the Festival’s Creative Director) with Ursula White (Access & Community Inclusion), and is designed for Blind and Visually Impaired People, and their Personal Assistants and Assistance Dogs.Tickets can be booked by clicking on this link:ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/audio-described-tour-of-festival-artworksVery limited tickets are available - please only book if you are fully intending to come, thank you.More Information about the four artworks that the Tour will visit:Gaia by Luke Jerram: A stunning replica of Earth, featuring NASA imagery and an accompanying soundscape. Find out more: gaia-by-luke-jerramBreathing Room by Anna Berry: An installation that people can move within, powered by mechanics to move as if breathing. Find out more: anna-berry-breathing-roomArrivals + Departures: An artwork about birth, death and the journey in between, which displays names submitted by the public. Find out more: yara-davina-arrivals-departuresThe Woodpeckers by Marco Barotti: Robotic woodpeckers transform signals from our phones into rhythmic beats. Find out more: marco-barotti-the-woodpeckersThese Tours, taken at a relaxed pace, will be operated within Covid-19 safety guidelines and can accommodate 12 people. --------Black Victorians: Pre-Show Tour for Blind and Visually Impaired Led by VocalEyes Audio Describer, Sophia Knox-MillerSaturday 24 July: Arrive at 2.15pm to register at the Peace Pagoda, North Willen Lake - Nearest postcode is MK15 0BA.The Tour will provide background for the Black Victorians performance at 3pm and is designed to enhance the experience of this performance, which is Audio Described.About the Performance:Black Victorians is a dance performance, created by Artistic Director and Choreographer, Jeanefer Jean-Charles. The performance explores and challenges historical and contemporary perceptions of black people in history through choreography. Black Victorians is inspired by the discovery of hundreds of studio photographs of black men, women and children in England from the Victorian era, airbrushed from our society for over 100 years.Before the 3pm performance of Black Victorians, the Tour will explore the Peace Pagoda setting for the performance, before meeting a member of the production’s company who will share how the performance has been created by Jeanefer Jean-Charles, working with designers, a composer, poet, writer and creative dance artists.Find out more about Black Victorians here:ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/black-victorians Vocal Eyes’ Audio Describer: Sophia Knox-Miller has many strings and ribbons to her bow. Coming from a background in dance and physical theatre, she has a passion for outdoor arts and access.More about VocalEyes: vocaleyes.co.ukPlease book a place for this Free Tour:Email Ursula White (Access & Community Inclusion): Ursula.white@stables.org Find out more about the Black Victorians here:ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/black-victorians --------General Festival Access InformationYou can find out more about Access at the Festival here: ifmiltonkeynes.org/access Here is list of events which Blind and Visually Impaired may be interested in coming to: Earth Music Series: Baluji Shrivastav OBEWednesday 21 July, 7.30pmUnder Gaia (replica of the Earth)Middleton Hall, centre:mk, MK9 3EPTickets £12.50Seated concert, unreserved Running time: 60 minutesVirtuoso multi-instrumentalist Baluji Shrivastav OBE performs Moon-inspired ragas, accompanied by Nafees Irfan on tablas. The concert opens with a song by Linda Shanovitch.Website: ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/baluji-shrivastav Earth Music Series: Maya YoussefThursday 29 July at 7.30pmUnder Gaia (replica of the Earth)Middleton Hall, centre:mk, MK9 3EPTickets £12.50 Seated concert, unreserved Running time: 60 minutesSyrian musician Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘queen of the qanun’ - the 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither. For her, the act of playing music is a life-affirming act - an antidote to what is happening across the world.Website: ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/maya-youssef Drake Music: Planted Symphony Wednesday 14 - Sunday 18 July, 11am - 5pm Campbell Park: CanalsideFREE: No need to bookMusic and nature combine in this audio trail, using a sonic app to guide you to intriguing installations. Includes BSL, audio description, resting points and Subpacs available for Deaf and hard of hearing audience members.Suitable for adults and families with older childrenPlease book a Subpac in advance by calling the Box Office 01908 280800 or emailing access@stables.orgWebsite: ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/drake-music Gobbledegook Theatre: CloudscapesSaturday 17 and Sunday 18 July11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm Running time is approximately 40 minutesCampbell Park: City GardensFREE: Book a ticket Cloudscapes is a wonderfully calming and restful outdoor experience that combines calm clouds, mindful moments, contentment and words, set in an outdoor cloud-gazing area.Website: ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/gobbledegook-theatre-cloudscapes The Stables Sessions: Live On The Bulbfield StageSaturday 17 and Sunday 18 July, From 12noon each dayEach Session lasts approximately 45 minutesCampbell Park: The BulbfieldFREE: Book a ticketWebsite: ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/the-stables-sessions-liveA weekend of open-air live music performances in Campbell Park that place a spotlight ht on new sounds, emerging talent and unsigned artists. Stand Up in The Park with comedians Russell Kane, Rich Hall and Angela BarnesFriday 23 July, 7.30pm (Gates 6.30pm)Campbell Park: Amphitheatre (nearest postcode MK9 3FT)Tickets: £27.50. Ages 16+The multi-award-winning TV regular, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane, expertly crafted tirades and quick-fire banter from Rich Hall, and gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking wit from Angela Barnes.Website:ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/stand-up-in-the-park-comedy Orchestra for the Earth: For the Trees Saturday 24 July, 8pm (Gates 6.30pm)Campbell Park: Amphitheatre (Nearest postcode MK9 3FT)Tickets: £22.50, Under 24 years £11 Soloist: Rebecca McNaught (cello)Conductor: John WarnerRepertoire:Frank Bridge: Moonlight (from the Sea Suite for Orchestra)Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor Op 85Beethoven: 2nd Symphony in D Major OpNature and music come together for this glorious concert to harness the power of music, inspiring audiences to love, understand and protect our planet, and also support the conservation charity Trees of Music. The Festival also invites you to explore events including concerts and talks that are broadcast or live streamed online. Website: ifmiltonkeynes.org/if-online Visit the website: ifmiltonkeynes.org Follow the Festival on Social Media On Facebook and Twitter: @IFMKfestInstagram: ifmkfest Hashtag: #IFMKfest ... See MoreSee Less
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We have been sent the following casting opportunity to share from Lucy Bevan Casting. Please see their information below and contact them directly at lucybevancasting@gmail.com with any questions. Thanks!Advert as supplied by Lucy Bevan Casting:CASTING CALL FOR A BLIND/LOW VISION CHILD FOR NETFLIX Lucy Bevan Casting (‘Cruella’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’) is currently searching for a blind girl to play a key guest speaking role in an upcoming Netflix limited TV series. We are looking for a Caucasian girl who is blind or partially sighted/low vision between the ages of 6 -16 years old. The character is thoughtful, curious, intelligent and courageous. Must speak fluent English. Shooting in Europe in 2022. No previous acting experience is necessary.Applications must be submitted by a teacher, parent or legal guardian. If your child would like to be considered please send their D.O.B, height, location and a recent photo in one email to Emily and Katie at lucybevancasting@gmail.com Please only submit your child if they meet the brief. Every application will be considered, but we cannot respond to all applicants. We will be in touch if we would like to invite your child to audition. Thank you.The Producer is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and prohibits all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment based ancestry, color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, medical condition, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by law. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Some interesting opportunities available at Graeae Theatre Company, please see their post below for more information on their trainee leadership roles.Come help shape the future of Graeae & apply for one of our 4 new trainee roles! Apply by Mon 9 Aug -> graeae.org/about/recruitment/Image description: A red and yellow graphic which reads: Apply for one of our 4 trainee leadership roles! We want to hear from you if you...are an arts progressional, identify as Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent, face access barriers to your career progressing. Trainee Producer: Manage the smooth running of Graeae's productions; Trainee Marketing & Development Manager: raise Graeae's profile locally, nationally & internationally; Associate Artist: Directing & Devising; Associate Artist: New writing & artist development. Apply by Monday 9 August, visit graeae.org. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. ... See MoreSee Less
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We can’t wait to come together with our incredible Team VICTA runners and do something amazing! It’s not too late to join our 2021 October London Marathon team, sign up here and make a real difference to the lives of children and young adults who are blind or partially sighted. www.victa.org.uk/event/london-marathon-2021/#TeamVICTA #LondonMarathon #LondonMarathon2021 #Marathon #Running #Fundraising #Run #LM21 #CharityTuesday ... See MoreSee Less
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VICTA is delighted to have been selected as a winner and received a special mention in the Arts Award photography competition under the ‘Digital art/Mixed or other artforms’ category! Our winning photos were taken at our Photography course for 18+ in London. Our group proved that having a vision impairment doesn't mean you aren't creative and should always try a new skill if it's something you are interested in. Our six young people produced incredible images that reflected their own unique views of the world. The winning photo above shows the course in action with the group enjoying discussing photographic images. If you'd like to find out more about the course and see some of the photographs produced, you can read all about the trip here: www.victa.org.uk/photography/#Photography #VICTA #ArtsAward ... See MoreSee Less
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VICTA is delighted to have been selected as a winner and received a special mention in the Arts Award photography competition under the ‘Digital art/Mixed or other artforms’ category! Our winning photos were taken at our Photography course for 18+ in London. Our group proved that having a vision impairment doesn't mean you aren't creative and should always try a new skill if it's something you are interested in. Our six young people produced incredible images that reflected their own unique views of the world. The winning photo shows the course in action with the group enjoying discussing photographic images. The second photo, which received a special mention, shows one of the group out and about taking photographs of reflected images.If you'd like to find out more about the course and see some of the photographs produced, you can read all about the trip here: www.victa.org.uk/photography/ ... See MoreSee Less
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If you're aged 14 to 17 you can join us for a climbing taster session at the awesome BigRock Climbing Centre in Milton Keynes!Fully qualified instructors will be there to teach you the ropes, and help you tackle a number of different climbing routes. It's a great chance to try something new and get together will people your age this summer.Applications close soon so make sure you get your name down before they do using this link:www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/climbing-taster/ ... See MoreSee Less
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5 Douglas House
32-34 Simpson Road
Fenny Stratford
Milton Keynes
MK1 1BA

T 01908 240831
admin@victa.org.uk

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12 hours ago

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Newham Cricket Club have asked us to share their Disability Cricket Open Day on Wednesday the 4th of August. It is being held at the Moore Pavilion and Flanders Playing Filed, at Napier Road, E6 25G, East Ham, London.The event is free of charge and is open to everyone. Previous experience in cricket is not required as this day is for everyone to have a taster and a good time; have fun and meet likeminded people.For any further information, or if there is anyone who will require assistance on the day, contact Owais by email on owaisniaz1@hotmail.com. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

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Guide Dogs UK's #TechForAll grant scheme is now live:For children with sight loss, technology is vital. That’s why we’ve launched our new Tech for All service which provides free iPads or iPhones to children with a vision impairment. Find out more on our website: bit.ly/3ifnijG[Visual description: Image of a young service user laying on a rug outside looking at her iPad. The Guide Dogs logo is in the top left corner of the image on a blue background with the text ‘Tech for All’.] ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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Don’t forget we have some spaces available to run for #TeamVICTA in this years London Marathon! Train through those long summer days and run this October. Spread the word! 🌈The great weather has really put a spring in our running steps! We hope you’re feeling as ready to run as we are to make a real change in people’s lives who have been emotionally vulnerable over the last year. Run the 2021 London Marathon for VICTA and make the biggest difference to children and young adults who are blind or partially sighted. With your support, we can offer amazing opportunities to help rebuild confidence, combat isolation and look forward to bright, inclusive futures.After an undoubtedly challenging year, we desperately need your support - be part of the team that does something amazing and makes the biggest difference to people’s lives!Grab your place here: www.victa.org.uk/event/london-marathon/#TeamVICTA #LondonMarathon ... See MoreSee Less
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Feeling inspired by Wimbledon? Last chance to join us for a VI tennis taster day in Nottingham for 10 to 17 years, £5. Apply here before Monday: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/vi-tennis-nottingham/ #VITennis #tennis ... See MoreSee Less
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IF: Milton Keynes International FestivalSaturday 10 to Friday 30 JulyThis year’s Festival extends across 21 days, giving people more time and space to enjoy events across the city, in parks and green spaces, as well as online. With most of the programme free to attend, there is a focus on family-friendly and accessible events. The festival welcomes Assistance Dogs at all events.Here is the programme of audio-described events which you may like to apply for tickets to as provided by the festival: --------Audio Described Guided Tour of Artworks Saturday 24 July, from 12.15am to 1.30pmMeet in Middleton Hall, centre:mkThis Audio Described Guided Tour is led by Bill Gee (the Festival’s Creative Director) with Ursula White (Access & Community Inclusion), and is designed for Blind and Visually Impaired People, and their Personal Assistants and Assistance Dogs.Tickets can be booked by clicking on this link:ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/audio-described-tour-of-festival-artworksVery limited tickets are available - please only book if you are fully intending to come, thank you.More Information about the four artworks that the Tour will visit:Gaia by Luke Jerram: A stunning replica of Earth, featuring NASA imagery and an accompanying soundscape. Find out more: gaia-by-luke-jerramBreathing Room by Anna Berry: An installation that people can move within, powered by mechanics to move as if breathing. Find out more: anna-berry-breathing-roomArrivals + Departures: An artwork about birth, death and the journey in between, which displays names submitted by the public. Find out more: yara-davina-arrivals-departuresThe Woodpeckers by Marco Barotti: Robotic woodpeckers transform signals from our phones into rhythmic beats. Find out more: marco-barotti-the-woodpeckersThese Tours, taken at a relaxed pace, will be operated within Covid-19 safety guidelines and can accommodate 12 people. --------Black Victorians: Pre-Show Tour for Blind and Visually Impaired Led by VocalEyes Audio Describer, Sophia Knox-MillerSaturday 24 July: Arrive at 2.15pm to register at the Peace Pagoda, North Willen Lake - Nearest postcode is MK15 0BA.The Tour will provide background for the Black Victorians performance at 3pm and is designed to enhance the experience of this performance, which is Audio Described.About the Performance:Black Victorians is a dance performance, created by Artistic Director and Choreographer, Jeanefer Jean-Charles. The performance explores and challenges historical and contemporary perceptions of black people in history through choreography. Black Victorians is inspired by the discovery of hundreds of studio photographs of black men, women and children in England from the Victorian era, airbrushed from our society for over 100 years.Before the 3pm performance of Black Victorians, the Tour will explore the Peace Pagoda setting for the performance, before meeting a member of the production’s company who will share how the performance has been created by Jeanefer Jean-Charles, working with designers, a composer, poet, writer and creative dance artists.Find out more about Black Victorians here:ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/black-victorians Vocal Eyes’ Audio Describer: Sophia Knox-Miller has many strings and ribbons to her bow. Coming from a background in dance and physical theatre, she has a passion for outdoor arts and access.More about VocalEyes: vocaleyes.co.ukPlease book a place for this Free Tour:Email Ursula White (Access & Community Inclusion): Ursula.white@stables.org Find out more about the Black Victorians here:ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/black-victorians --------General Festival Access InformationYou can find out more about Access at the Festival here: ifmiltonkeynes.org/access Here is list of events which Blind and Visually Impaired may be interested in coming to: Earth Music Series: Baluji Shrivastav OBEWednesday 21 July, 7.30pmUnder Gaia (replica of the Earth)Middleton Hall, centre:mk, MK9 3EPTickets £12.50Seated concert, unreserved Running time: 60 minutesVirtuoso multi-instrumentalist Baluji Shrivastav OBE performs Moon-inspired ragas, accompanied by Nafees Irfan on tablas. The concert opens with a song by Linda Shanovitch.Website: ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/baluji-shrivastav Earth Music Series: Maya YoussefThursday 29 July at 7.30pmUnder Gaia (replica of the Earth)Middleton Hall, centre:mk, MK9 3EPTickets £12.50 Seated concert, unreserved Running time: 60 minutesSyrian musician Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘queen of the qanun’ - the 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither. For her, the act of playing music is a life-affirming act - an antidote to what is happening across the world.Website: ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/maya-youssef Drake Music: Planted Symphony Wednesday 14 - Sunday 18 July, 11am - 5pm Campbell Park: CanalsideFREE: No need to bookMusic and nature combine in this audio trail, using a sonic app to guide you to intriguing installations. Includes BSL, audio description, resting points and Subpacs available for Deaf and hard of hearing audience members.Suitable for adults and families with older childrenPlease book a Subpac in advance by calling the Box Office 01908 280800 or emailing access@stables.orgWebsite: ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/drake-music Gobbledegook Theatre: CloudscapesSaturday 17 and Sunday 18 July11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm Running time is approximately 40 minutesCampbell Park: City GardensFREE: Book a ticket Cloudscapes is a wonderfully calming and restful outdoor experience that combines calm clouds, mindful moments, contentment and words, set in an outdoor cloud-gazing area.Website: ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/gobbledegook-theatre-cloudscapes The Stables Sessions: Live On The Bulbfield StageSaturday 17 and Sunday 18 July, From 12noon each dayEach Session lasts approximately 45 minutesCampbell Park: The BulbfieldFREE: Book a ticketWebsite: ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/the-stables-sessions-liveA weekend of open-air live music performances in Campbell Park that place a spotlight ht on new sounds, emerging talent and unsigned artists. Stand Up in The Park with comedians Russell Kane, Rich Hall and Angela BarnesFriday 23 July, 7.30pm (Gates 6.30pm)Campbell Park: Amphitheatre (nearest postcode MK9 3FT)Tickets: £27.50. Ages 16+The multi-award-winning TV regular, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane, expertly crafted tirades and quick-fire banter from Rich Hall, and gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking wit from Angela Barnes.Website:ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/stand-up-in-the-park-comedy Orchestra for the Earth: For the Trees Saturday 24 July, 8pm (Gates 6.30pm)Campbell Park: Amphitheatre (Nearest postcode MK9 3FT)Tickets: £22.50, Under 24 years £11 Soloist: Rebecca McNaught (cello)Conductor: John WarnerRepertoire:Frank Bridge: Moonlight (from the Sea Suite for Orchestra)Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor Op 85Beethoven: 2nd Symphony in D Major OpNature and music come together for this glorious concert to harness the power of music, inspiring audiences to love, understand and protect our planet, and also support the conservation charity Trees of Music. The Festival also invites you to explore events including concerts and talks that are broadcast or live streamed online. Website: ifmiltonkeynes.org/if-online Visit the website: ifmiltonkeynes.org Follow the Festival on Social Media On Facebook and Twitter: @IFMKfestInstagram: ifmkfest Hashtag: #IFMKfest ... See MoreSee Less
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We have been sent the following casting opportunity to share from Lucy Bevan Casting. Please see their information below and contact them directly at lucybevancasting@gmail.com with any questions. Thanks!Advert as supplied by Lucy Bevan Casting:CASTING CALL FOR A BLIND/LOW VISION CHILD FOR NETFLIX Lucy Bevan Casting (‘Cruella’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’) is currently searching for a blind girl to play a key guest speaking role in an upcoming Netflix limited TV series. We are looking for a Caucasian girl who is blind or partially sighted/low vision between the ages of 6 -16 years old. The character is thoughtful, curious, intelligent and courageous. Must speak fluent English. Shooting in Europe in 2022. No previous acting experience is necessary.Applications must be submitted by a teacher, parent or legal guardian. If your child would like to be considered please send their D.O.B, height, location and a recent photo in one email to Emily and Katie at lucybevancasting@gmail.com Please only submit your child if they meet the brief. Every application will be considered, but we cannot respond to all applicants. We will be in touch if we would like to invite your child to audition. Thank you.The Producer is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and prohibits all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment based ancestry, color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, medical condition, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by law. ... See MoreSee Less
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Some interesting opportunities available at Graeae Theatre Company, please see their post below for more information on their trainee leadership roles.Come help shape the future of Graeae & apply for one of our 4 new trainee roles! Apply by Mon 9 Aug -> graeae.org/about/recruitment/Image description: A red and yellow graphic which reads: Apply for one of our 4 trainee leadership roles! We want to hear from you if you...are an arts progressional, identify as Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent, face access barriers to your career progressing. Trainee Producer: Manage the smooth running of Graeae's productions; Trainee Marketing & Development Manager: raise Graeae's profile locally, nationally & internationally; Associate Artist: Directing & Devising; Associate Artist: New writing & artist development. Apply by Monday 9 August, visit graeae.org. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. ... See MoreSee Less
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We can’t wait to come together with our incredible Team VICTA runners and do something amazing! It’s not too late to join our 2021 October London Marathon team, sign up here and make a real difference to the lives of children and young adults who are blind or partially sighted. www.victa.org.uk/event/london-marathon-2021/#TeamVICTA #LondonMarathon #LondonMarathon2021 #Marathon #Running #Fundraising #Run #LM21 #CharityTuesday ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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VICTA is delighted to have been selected as a winner and received a special mention in the Arts Award photography competition under the ‘Digital art/Mixed or other artforms’ category! Our winning photos were taken at our Photography course for 18+ in London. Our group proved that having a vision impairment doesn't mean you aren't creative and should always try a new skill if it's something you are interested in. Our six young people produced incredible images that reflected their own unique views of the world. The winning photo above shows the course in action with the group enjoying discussing photographic images. If you'd like to find out more about the course and see some of the photographs produced, you can read all about the trip here: www.victa.org.uk/photography/#Photography #VICTA #ArtsAward ... See MoreSee Less
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VICTA is delighted to have been selected as a winner and received a special mention in the Arts Award photography competition under the ‘Digital art/Mixed or other artforms’ category! Our winning photos were taken at our Photography course for 18+ in London. Our group proved that having a vision impairment doesn't mean you aren't creative and should always try a new skill if it's something you are interested in. Our six young people produced incredible images that reflected their own unique views of the world. The winning photo shows the course in action with the group enjoying discussing photographic images. The second photo, which received a special mention, shows one of the group out and about taking photographs of reflected images.If you'd like to find out more about the course and see some of the photographs produced, you can read all about the trip here: www.victa.org.uk/photography/ ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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If you're aged 14 to 17 you can join us for a climbing taster session at the awesome BigRock Climbing Centre in Milton Keynes!Fully qualified instructors will be there to teach you the ropes, and help you tackle a number of different climbing routes. It's a great chance to try something new and get together will people your age this summer.Applications close soon so make sure you get your name down before they do using this link:www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/climbing-taster/ ... See MoreSee Less
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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 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

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12 hours ago

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Newham Cricket Club have asked us to share their Disability Cricket Open Day on Wednesday the 4th of August. It is being held at the Moore Pavilion and Flanders Playing Filed, at Napier Road, E6 25G, East Ham, London.The event is free of charge and is open to everyone. Previous experience in cricket is not required as this day is for everyone to have a taster and a good time; have fun and meet likeminded people.For any further information, or if there is anyone who will require assistance on the day, contact Owais by email on owaisniaz1@hotmail.com. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

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Guide Dogs UK's #TechForAll grant scheme is now live:For children with sight loss, technology is vital. That’s why we’ve launched our new Tech for All service which provides free iPads or iPhones to children with a vision impairment. Find out more on our website: bit.ly/3ifnijG[Visual description: Image of a young service user laying on a rug outside looking at her iPad. The Guide Dogs logo is in the top left corner of the image on a blue background with the text ‘Tech for All’.] ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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Don’t forget we have some spaces available to run for #TeamVICTA in this years London Marathon! Train through those long summer days and run this October. Spread the word! 🌈The great weather has really put a spring in our running steps! We hope you’re feeling as ready to run as we are to make a real change in people’s lives who have been emotionally vulnerable over the last year. Run the 2021 London Marathon for VICTA and make the biggest difference to children and young adults who are blind or partially sighted. With your support, we can offer amazing opportunities to help rebuild confidence, combat isolation and look forward to bright, inclusive futures.After an undoubtedly challenging year, we desperately need your support - be part of the team that does something amazing and makes the biggest difference to people’s lives!Grab your place here: www.victa.org.uk/event/london-marathon/#TeamVICTA #LondonMarathon ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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🙌 we hope to see you on the court! Sign up on the VICTA website! 🎾 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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Feeling inspired by Wimbledon? Last chance to join us for a VI tennis taster day in Nottingham for 10 to 17 years, £5. Apply here before Monday: www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/vi-tennis-nottingham/ #VITennis #tennis ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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IF: Milton Keynes International FestivalSaturday 10 to Friday 30 JulyThis year’s Festival extends across 21 days, giving people more time and space to enjoy events across the city, in parks and green spaces, as well as online. With most of the programme free to attend, there is a focus on family-friendly and accessible events. The festival welcomes Assistance Dogs at all events.Here is the programme of audio-described events which you may like to apply for tickets to as provided by the festival: --------Audio Described Guided Tour of Artworks Saturday 24 July, from 12.15am to 1.30pmMeet in Middleton Hall, centre:mkThis Audio Described Guided Tour is led by Bill Gee (the Festival’s Creative Director) with Ursula White (Access & Community Inclusion), and is designed for Blind and Visually Impaired People, and their Personal Assistants and Assistance Dogs.Tickets can be booked by clicking on this link:ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/audio-described-tour-of-festival-artworksVery limited tickets are available - please only book if you are fully intending to come, thank you.More Information about the four artworks that the Tour will visit:Gaia by Luke Jerram: A stunning replica of Earth, featuring NASA imagery and an accompanying soundscape. Find out more: gaia-by-luke-jerramBreathing Room by Anna Berry: An installation that people can move within, powered by mechanics to move as if breathing. Find out more: anna-berry-breathing-roomArrivals + Departures: An artwork about birth, death and the journey in between, which displays names submitted by the public. Find out more: yara-davina-arrivals-departuresThe Woodpeckers by Marco Barotti: Robotic woodpeckers transform signals from our phones into rhythmic beats. Find out more: marco-barotti-the-woodpeckersThese Tours, taken at a relaxed pace, will be operated within Covid-19 safety guidelines and can accommodate 12 people. --------Black Victorians: Pre-Show Tour for Blind and Visually Impaired Led by VocalEyes Audio Describer, Sophia Knox-MillerSaturday 24 July: Arrive at 2.15pm to register at the Peace Pagoda, North Willen Lake - Nearest postcode is MK15 0BA.The Tour will provide background for the Black Victorians performance at 3pm and is designed to enhance the experience of this performance, which is Audio Described.About the Performance:Black Victorians is a dance performance, created by Artistic Director and Choreographer, Jeanefer Jean-Charles. The performance explores and challenges historical and contemporary perceptions of black people in history through choreography. Black Victorians is inspired by the discovery of hundreds of studio photographs of black men, women and children in England from the Victorian era, airbrushed from our society for over 100 years.Before the 3pm performance of Black Victorians, the Tour will explore the Peace Pagoda setting for the performance, before meeting a member of the production’s company who will share how the performance has been created by Jeanefer Jean-Charles, working with designers, a composer, poet, writer and creative dance artists.Find out more about Black Victorians here:ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/black-victorians Vocal Eyes’ Audio Describer: Sophia Knox-Miller has many strings and ribbons to her bow. Coming from a background in dance and physical theatre, she has a passion for outdoor arts and access.More about VocalEyes: vocaleyes.co.ukPlease book a place for this Free Tour:Email Ursula White (Access & Community Inclusion): Ursula.white@stables.org Find out more about the Black Victorians here:ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/black-victorians --------General Festival Access InformationYou can find out more about Access at the Festival here: ifmiltonkeynes.org/access Here is list of events which Blind and Visually Impaired may be interested in coming to: Earth Music Series: Baluji Shrivastav OBEWednesday 21 July, 7.30pmUnder Gaia (replica of the Earth)Middleton Hall, centre:mk, MK9 3EPTickets £12.50Seated concert, unreserved Running time: 60 minutesVirtuoso multi-instrumentalist Baluji Shrivastav OBE performs Moon-inspired ragas, accompanied by Nafees Irfan on tablas. The concert opens with a song by Linda Shanovitch.Website: ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/baluji-shrivastav Earth Music Series: Maya YoussefThursday 29 July at 7.30pmUnder Gaia (replica of the Earth)Middleton Hall, centre:mk, MK9 3EPTickets £12.50 Seated concert, unreserved Running time: 60 minutesSyrian musician Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘queen of the qanun’ - the 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither. For her, the act of playing music is a life-affirming act - an antidote to what is happening across the world.Website: ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/maya-youssef Drake Music: Planted Symphony Wednesday 14 - Sunday 18 July, 11am - 5pm Campbell Park: CanalsideFREE: No need to bookMusic and nature combine in this audio trail, using a sonic app to guide you to intriguing installations. Includes BSL, audio description, resting points and Subpacs available for Deaf and hard of hearing audience members.Suitable for adults and families with older childrenPlease book a Subpac in advance by calling the Box Office 01908 280800 or emailing access@stables.orgWebsite: ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/drake-music Gobbledegook Theatre: CloudscapesSaturday 17 and Sunday 18 July11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm Running time is approximately 40 minutesCampbell Park: City GardensFREE: Book a ticket Cloudscapes is a wonderfully calming and restful outdoor experience that combines calm clouds, mindful moments, contentment and words, set in an outdoor cloud-gazing area.Website: ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/gobbledegook-theatre-cloudscapes The Stables Sessions: Live On The Bulbfield StageSaturday 17 and Sunday 18 July, From 12noon each dayEach Session lasts approximately 45 minutesCampbell Park: The BulbfieldFREE: Book a ticketWebsite: ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/the-stables-sessions-liveA weekend of open-air live music performances in Campbell Park that place a spotlight ht on new sounds, emerging talent and unsigned artists. Stand Up in The Park with comedians Russell Kane, Rich Hall and Angela BarnesFriday 23 July, 7.30pm (Gates 6.30pm)Campbell Park: Amphitheatre (nearest postcode MK9 3FT)Tickets: £27.50. Ages 16+The multi-award-winning TV regular, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane, expertly crafted tirades and quick-fire banter from Rich Hall, and gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking wit from Angela Barnes.Website:ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/stand-up-in-the-park-comedy Orchestra for the Earth: For the Trees Saturday 24 July, 8pm (Gates 6.30pm)Campbell Park: Amphitheatre (Nearest postcode MK9 3FT)Tickets: £22.50, Under 24 years £11 Soloist: Rebecca McNaught (cello)Conductor: John WarnerRepertoire:Frank Bridge: Moonlight (from the Sea Suite for Orchestra)Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor Op 85Beethoven: 2nd Symphony in D Major OpNature and music come together for this glorious concert to harness the power of music, inspiring audiences to love, understand and protect our planet, and also support the conservation charity Trees of Music. The Festival also invites you to explore events including concerts and talks that are broadcast or live streamed online. Website: ifmiltonkeynes.org/if-online Visit the website: ifmiltonkeynes.org Follow the Festival on Social Media On Facebook and Twitter: @IFMKfestInstagram: ifmkfest Hashtag: #IFMKfest ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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We have been sent the following casting opportunity to share from Lucy Bevan Casting. Please see their information below and contact them directly at lucybevancasting@gmail.com with any questions. Thanks!Advert as supplied by Lucy Bevan Casting:CASTING CALL FOR A BLIND/LOW VISION CHILD FOR NETFLIX Lucy Bevan Casting (‘Cruella’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’) is currently searching for a blind girl to play a key guest speaking role in an upcoming Netflix limited TV series. We are looking for a Caucasian girl who is blind or partially sighted/low vision between the ages of 6 -16 years old. The character is thoughtful, curious, intelligent and courageous. Must speak fluent English. Shooting in Europe in 2022. No previous acting experience is necessary.Applications must be submitted by a teacher, parent or legal guardian. If your child would like to be considered please send their D.O.B, height, location and a recent photo in one email to Emily and Katie at lucybevancasting@gmail.com Please only submit your child if they meet the brief. Every application will be considered, but we cannot respond to all applicants. We will be in touch if we would like to invite your child to audition. Thank you.The Producer is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and prohibits all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment based ancestry, color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, medical condition, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by law. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Some interesting opportunities available at Graeae Theatre Company, please see their post below for more information on their trainee leadership roles.Come help shape the future of Graeae & apply for one of our 4 new trainee roles! Apply by Mon 9 Aug -> graeae.org/about/recruitment/Image description: A red and yellow graphic which reads: Apply for one of our 4 trainee leadership roles! We want to hear from you if you...are an arts progressional, identify as Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent, face access barriers to your career progressing. Trainee Producer: Manage the smooth running of Graeae's productions; Trainee Marketing & Development Manager: raise Graeae's profile locally, nationally & internationally; Associate Artist: Directing & Devising; Associate Artist: New writing & artist development. Apply by Monday 9 August, visit graeae.org. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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We can’t wait to come together with our incredible Team VICTA runners and do something amazing! It’s not too late to join our 2021 October London Marathon team, sign up here and make a real difference to the lives of children and young adults who are blind or partially sighted. www.victa.org.uk/event/london-marathon-2021/#TeamVICTA #LondonMarathon #LondonMarathon2021 #Marathon #Running #Fundraising #Run #LM21 #CharityTuesday ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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VICTA is delighted to have been selected as a winner and received a special mention in the Arts Award photography competition under the ‘Digital art/Mixed or other artforms’ category! Our winning photos were taken at our Photography course for 18+ in London. Our group proved that having a vision impairment doesn't mean you aren't creative and should always try a new skill if it's something you are interested in. Our six young people produced incredible images that reflected their own unique views of the world. The winning photo above shows the course in action with the group enjoying discussing photographic images. If you'd like to find out more about the course and see some of the photographs produced, you can read all about the trip here: www.victa.org.uk/photography/#Photography #VICTA #ArtsAward ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

VICTA UK
VICTA is delighted to have been selected as a winner and received a special mention in the Arts Award photography competition under the ‘Digital art/Mixed or other artforms’ category! Our winning photos were taken at our Photography course for 18+ in London. Our group proved that having a vision impairment doesn't mean you aren't creative and should always try a new skill if it's something you are interested in. Our six young people produced incredible images that reflected their own unique views of the world. The winning photo shows the course in action with the group enjoying discussing photographic images. The second photo, which received a special mention, shows one of the group out and about taking photographs of reflected images.If you'd like to find out more about the course and see some of the photographs produced, you can read all about the trip here: www.victa.org.uk/photography/ ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

VICTA UK
If you're aged 14 to 17 you can join us for a climbing taster session at the awesome BigRock Climbing Centre in Milton Keynes!Fully qualified instructors will be there to teach you the ropes, and help you tackle a number of different climbing routes. It's a great chance to try something new and get together will people your age this summer.Applications close soon so make sure you get your name down before they do using this link:www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/climbing-taster/ ... See MoreSee Less
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