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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…

4 days ago

VICTA UK

Our Christmas competition is back!

🎄Decorate our Tree for Treats🎄

Children from 0 to 17 years are invited to make a home-made decoration to send to VICTA for us to hang on our tree. We will then decorate our tree in the run-up to Christmas and share photos on our website and social media for you all to enjoy. By Christmas we will truly have the most special and magical tree of all thanks to all of our families.

As well as a small treat for everyone that enters, there will be prizes up for grabs for three overall winners!

1st place – £20 Smyths Toys Voucher
2nd place – £15 Smyths Toys Voucher
3rd place – £10 Smyths Toys Voucher

Find out all the details and how to enter here: www.victa.org.uk/christmas-competition-2019/

#competition #victa #win #christmas
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1 week ago

VICTA UK

We are so sorry to announce that due to weather warnings this evening in Milton Keynes we have had to postpone our family firework display. A new date will be arranged in the new year. We are very sorry for any disappointment, please share the information with any families you know who are attending. We will also be contacting families by text. Thank you for your understanding. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Our photography course for young adults with a vision impairment is underway!

📷 The photo shows our group at the London Institute of Photography with our course leader Holger. We’re all looking forward to learning more and getting some expert shots!

@ThePhotographyInstitute
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Any of our young people (16 to 25 years) in the London area who would be able to be part of a focus group at the Natural History Museum London on Friday 29 November, please read the post below. They would be very grateful for your input!Hi everyone,

The Natural History Museum, London have been in touch with VICTA to request input from young people aged 16 to 25 in their Urban Nature Project. If you are interested, please contact Ronel Verwoerd at r.verwoerd@nhm.ac.uk.

To find out more, please read their request below:

The Natural History Museum's Urban Nature Project
We would like your opinion!

The Natural History Museum, London is always keen to receive input on its plans for development. Our Wildlife Garden is due to undergo major changes and your opinions will ensure that we incorporate what our visitors want, need and expect. Therefore, we would like to invite you to the Museum for a three-hour session (with tea and cake) to get your responses on Friday 29 November 11.00 - 14.00.

You will be invited back for a follow-up discussion in May 2020.

Please contact Ronel Verwoerd with your availability or with any queries.

r.verwoerd@nhm.ac.uk
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

It is Sight Village London today and tomorrow! Head to Kensington Town Hall and come and find out how VICTA can support you.

Opening times: 11.00 - 18.00 on the 5th and 10.00 - 15.30 on the 6th. Entry is free!
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Hi everyone,

The Natural History Museum, London have been in touch with VICTA to request input from young people aged 16 to 25 in their Urban Nature Project. If you are interested, please contact Ronel Verwoerd at r.verwoerd@nhm.ac.uk.

To find out more, please read their request below:

The Natural History Museum's Urban Nature Project
We would like your opinion!

The Natural History Museum, London is always keen to receive input on its plans for development. Our Wildlife Garden is due to undergo major changes and your opinions will ensure that we incorporate what our visitors want, need and expect. Therefore, we would like to invite you to the Museum for a three-hour session (with tea and cake) to get your responses on Friday 29 November 11.00 - 14.00.

You will be invited back for a follow-up discussion in May 2020.

Please contact Ronel Verwoerd with your availability or with any queries.

r.verwoerd@nhm.ac.uk
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

4 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Join the VICTA Parent Network!

Our VICTA Parent Network Facebook group is a safe space for you as a parent to ask any questions or seek advice on any topic related to raising a child who is visually impaired.

To join the group, visit facebook.com/groups/VICTAParentNetwork
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

4 weeks ago

VICTA UK

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the VICTA Parent Portal.

The VICTA Parent Portal is a one stop information hub for all parents and carers raising a child with a vision impairment. From assistive technology to leisure activities, education to financial support, the answers to your questions can be found on the portal.

The website is a central point housing a wealth of information, personal stories, and signposts to many other organisations out there who can help.

Visit the portal here: www.victaparents.org.uk/

#victaparents #victaparentportal #victa
... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

VICTA UK

We look forward to following this, good luck Kelsey!Ready to be inspired? The Rickshaw Challenge is back with an epic new route, a newly modified Rickshaw and, of course, an incredible new team, as announced live on The One Show. 👏

The annual challenge, now in its ninth year, sees a team of six young people - each who've been supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects and charities - get together to pedal the Rickshaw across the UK. Find out more about this year's riders, Adelle, Emma, Josh, Kelsey, Thomas and Uche in the coming days.

The team will be joined by The One Show’s very own Matt Baker, take on an arduous eight-day fundraising cycle.

This year's challenge begins on Friday 8th November. From a starting point in Holyhead, the riders will travel across Wales for three days before crossing over into England in Oswestry, and then making their way to the finish line at BBC Elstree Studios on Friday 15th November during our BBC One Appeal Show.

The team’s progress will be broadcast live on The One Show as Matt’s co-presenters back in the studio follow their progress, with plenty of on-the-road coverage to come across our channels.

This year’s route will see Team Rickshaw tackle the highest village in the UK - Flash in the Peak District, and the steepest street in the world in Harlech, Wales.

Last year, a new custom rickshaw was built by engineers at the McLaren Technology Centre to make the rickshaw accessible to a wider range of riders. An innovative seat-post system allowed team members with a range of mobilities to join the team.

This year, McLaren has gone one step further and created an innovative solution that enables visually impaired and blind riders to take part in the challenge. A recumbent guide-trike, which fixes to the front of the Rickshaw allows steering and braking to be managed by a guide rider whilst a visually impaired rider pedals from the main driving seat of the Rickshaw.

Since 2011, The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge has raised over £25 million for BBC Children in Need, with donations going on to make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK who need it most.

In an exciting first for the fundraising challenge, The Hunter Foundation has pledged to give 40p for every £1 donated by the general public to the Rickshaw Challenge, helping to make the public’s generous donations go even further in making a difference to young lives.

Speaking of the pledge, Sir Tom Hunter said: “Every year I watch the Rickshaw Challenge and I can’t help but be inspired by the wonderful young people on the road and all of the support that I see from people across the UK getting together to fundraise and donate to BBC Children in Need. This year I’m looking forward to watching the whole nation get behind the team again and help us to raise even more money for such a worthy cause.

“At The Hunter Foundation we aim to maximise the impact that our money has on children and young people across the UK who are facing disadvantage, and working with BBC Children in Need enables us to do this. That’s why this year for every £1 donated to the Rickshaw Challenge we will donate 40p and make your donation go even further.”

Look out for Team Rickshaw updates on The One Show and our channels over the coming days and weeks. And don’t forget, if you’re inspired you can support the team in changing young lives over at our site.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 month ago

VICTA UK

Panto season has arrived!

There's nothing like a pantomime to get you ready for the festive season. VICTA is pleased to offer tickets to three magical productions showing at Milton Keynes, Manchester and Exeter.

All of the performances are audio-described and promise to be packed full of the usual comedy, music, dancing, outrageous costumes and general pantomime silliness!

You will find all the details of the show dates and the links to apply below.

🌟🌹 Beauty and the Beast🌹🌟
Exeter Northcott Theatre
11 December 2019, 6pm
www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/beauty-beast/

🌟🍎Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs🍎🌟
Manchester Opera House
19 December 2019, 7pm
www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/snow-white/

🌟🧞‍♂️Aladdin🧞‍♂️🌟
Milton Keynes Theatre, 2.30pm
21 December 2019
www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/aladdin/
... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

VICTA UK

To mark #WorldSightDay parent and film maker Hannah Lake has released a short film - Vision Without Sight.

Hannah's son Leo wanted to meet and talk to an adult who, like him, is visually impaired. In the film Leo meets David Blunkett, who shares positive advice and his personal experiences growing up with a vision impairment with Leo.

We were lucky enough to have an interview with Hannah to celebrate the release of the film.

Find out Hannah's motivation behind her film making and make sure you have a watch of this very moving film on our Parent Portal: www.victaparents.org.uk/vision-without-sight/

#VisionWithoutSight
... 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

4 days ago

VICTA UK

Our Christmas competition is back!

🎄Decorate our Tree for Treats🎄

Children from 0 to 17 years are invited to make a home-made decoration to send to VICTA for us to hang on our tree. We will then decorate our tree in the run-up to Christmas and share photos on our website and social media for you all to enjoy. By Christmas we will truly have the most special and magical tree of all thanks to all of our families.

As well as a small treat for everyone that enters, there will be prizes up for grabs for three overall winners!

1st place – £20 Smyths Toys Voucher
2nd place – £15 Smyths Toys Voucher
3rd place – £10 Smyths Toys Voucher

Find out all the details and how to enter here: www.victa.org.uk/christmas-competition-2019/

#competition #victa #win #christmas
... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

VICTA UK

We are so sorry to announce that due to weather warnings this evening in Milton Keynes we have had to postpone our family firework display. A new date will be arranged in the new year. We are very sorry for any disappointment, please share the information with any families you know who are attending. We will also be contacting families by text. Thank you for your understanding. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Our photography course for young adults with a vision impairment is underway!

📷 The photo shows our group at the London Institute of Photography with our course leader Holger. We’re all looking forward to learning more and getting some expert shots!

@ThePhotographyInstitute
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Any of our young people (16 to 25 years) in the London area who would be able to be part of a focus group at the Natural History Museum London on Friday 29 November, please read the post below. They would be very grateful for your input!Hi everyone,

The Natural History Museum, London have been in touch with VICTA to request input from young people aged 16 to 25 in their Urban Nature Project. If you are interested, please contact Ronel Verwoerd at r.verwoerd@nhm.ac.uk.

To find out more, please read their request below:

The Natural History Museum's Urban Nature Project
We would like your opinion!

The Natural History Museum, London is always keen to receive input on its plans for development. Our Wildlife Garden is due to undergo major changes and your opinions will ensure that we incorporate what our visitors want, need and expect. Therefore, we would like to invite you to the Museum for a three-hour session (with tea and cake) to get your responses on Friday 29 November 11.00 - 14.00.

You will be invited back for a follow-up discussion in May 2020.

Please contact Ronel Verwoerd with your availability or with any queries.

r.verwoerd@nhm.ac.uk
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

It is Sight Village London today and tomorrow! Head to Kensington Town Hall and come and find out how VICTA can support you.

Opening times: 11.00 - 18.00 on the 5th and 10.00 - 15.30 on the 6th. Entry is free!
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Hi everyone,

The Natural History Museum, London have been in touch with VICTA to request input from young people aged 16 to 25 in their Urban Nature Project. If you are interested, please contact Ronel Verwoerd at r.verwoerd@nhm.ac.uk.

To find out more, please read their request below:

The Natural History Museum's Urban Nature Project
We would like your opinion!

The Natural History Museum, London is always keen to receive input on its plans for development. Our Wildlife Garden is due to undergo major changes and your opinions will ensure that we incorporate what our visitors want, need and expect. Therefore, we would like to invite you to the Museum for a three-hour session (with tea and cake) to get your responses on Friday 29 November 11.00 - 14.00.

You will be invited back for a follow-up discussion in May 2020.

Please contact Ronel Verwoerd with your availability or with any queries.

r.verwoerd@nhm.ac.uk
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

4 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Join the VICTA Parent Network!

Our VICTA Parent Network Facebook group is a safe space for you as a parent to ask any questions or seek advice on any topic related to raising a child who is visually impaired.

To join the group, visit facebook.com/groups/VICTAParentNetwork
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

4 weeks ago

VICTA UK

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the VICTA Parent Portal.

The VICTA Parent Portal is a one stop information hub for all parents and carers raising a child with a vision impairment. From assistive technology to leisure activities, education to financial support, the answers to your questions can be found on the portal.

The website is a central point housing a wealth of information, personal stories, and signposts to many other organisations out there who can help.

Visit the portal here: www.victaparents.org.uk/

#victaparents #victaparentportal #victa
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 month ago

VICTA UK

We look forward to following this, good luck Kelsey!Ready to be inspired? The Rickshaw Challenge is back with an epic new route, a newly modified Rickshaw and, of course, an incredible new team, as announced live on The One Show. 👏

The annual challenge, now in its ninth year, sees a team of six young people - each who've been supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects and charities - get together to pedal the Rickshaw across the UK. Find out more about this year's riders, Adelle, Emma, Josh, Kelsey, Thomas and Uche in the coming days.

The team will be joined by The One Show’s very own Matt Baker, take on an arduous eight-day fundraising cycle.

This year's challenge begins on Friday 8th November. From a starting point in Holyhead, the riders will travel across Wales for three days before crossing over into England in Oswestry, and then making their way to the finish line at BBC Elstree Studios on Friday 15th November during our BBC One Appeal Show.

The team’s progress will be broadcast live on The One Show as Matt’s co-presenters back in the studio follow their progress, with plenty of on-the-road coverage to come across our channels.

This year’s route will see Team Rickshaw tackle the highest village in the UK - Flash in the Peak District, and the steepest street in the world in Harlech, Wales.

Last year, a new custom rickshaw was built by engineers at the McLaren Technology Centre to make the rickshaw accessible to a wider range of riders. An innovative seat-post system allowed team members with a range of mobilities to join the team.

This year, McLaren has gone one step further and created an innovative solution that enables visually impaired and blind riders to take part in the challenge. A recumbent guide-trike, which fixes to the front of the Rickshaw allows steering and braking to be managed by a guide rider whilst a visually impaired rider pedals from the main driving seat of the Rickshaw.

Since 2011, The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge has raised over £25 million for BBC Children in Need, with donations going on to make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK who need it most.

In an exciting first for the fundraising challenge, The Hunter Foundation has pledged to give 40p for every £1 donated by the general public to the Rickshaw Challenge, helping to make the public’s generous donations go even further in making a difference to young lives.

Speaking of the pledge, Sir Tom Hunter said: “Every year I watch the Rickshaw Challenge and I can’t help but be inspired by the wonderful young people on the road and all of the support that I see from people across the UK getting together to fundraise and donate to BBC Children in Need. This year I’m looking forward to watching the whole nation get behind the team again and help us to raise even more money for such a worthy cause.

“At The Hunter Foundation we aim to maximise the impact that our money has on children and young people across the UK who are facing disadvantage, and working with BBC Children in Need enables us to do this. That’s why this year for every £1 donated to the Rickshaw Challenge we will donate 40p and make your donation go even further.”

Look out for Team Rickshaw updates on The One Show and our channels over the coming days and weeks. And don’t forget, if you’re inspired you can support the team in changing young lives over at our site.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 month ago

VICTA UK

Panto season has arrived!

There's nothing like a pantomime to get you ready for the festive season. VICTA is pleased to offer tickets to three magical productions showing at Milton Keynes, Manchester and Exeter.

All of the performances are audio-described and promise to be packed full of the usual comedy, music, dancing, outrageous costumes and general pantomime silliness!

You will find all the details of the show dates and the links to apply below.

🌟🌹 Beauty and the Beast🌹🌟
Exeter Northcott Theatre
11 December 2019, 6pm
www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/beauty-beast/

🌟🍎Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs🍎🌟
Manchester Opera House
19 December 2019, 7pm
www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/snow-white/

🌟🧞‍♂️Aladdin🧞‍♂️🌟
Milton Keynes Theatre, 2.30pm
21 December 2019
www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/aladdin/
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 month ago

VICTA UK

To mark #WorldSightDay parent and film maker Hannah Lake has released a short film - Vision Without Sight.

Hannah's son Leo wanted to meet and talk to an adult who, like him, is visually impaired. In the film Leo meets David Blunkett, who shares positive advice and his personal experiences growing up with a vision impairment with Leo.

We were lucky enough to have an interview with Hannah to celebrate the release of the film.

Find out Hannah's motivation behind her film making and make sure you have a watch of this very moving film on our Parent Portal: www.victaparents.org.uk/vision-without-sight/

#VisionWithoutSight
... 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…

4 days ago

VICTA UK

Our Christmas competition is back!

🎄Decorate our Tree for Treats🎄

Children from 0 to 17 years are invited to make a home-made decoration to send to VICTA for us to hang on our tree. We will then decorate our tree in the run-up to Christmas and share photos on our website and social media for you all to enjoy. By Christmas we will truly have the most special and magical tree of all thanks to all of our families.

As well as a small treat for everyone that enters, there will be prizes up for grabs for three overall winners!

1st place – £20 Smyths Toys Voucher
2nd place – £15 Smyths Toys Voucher
3rd place – £10 Smyths Toys Voucher

Find out all the details and how to enter here: www.victa.org.uk/christmas-competition-2019/

#competition #victa #win #christmas
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 week ago

VICTA UK

We are so sorry to announce that due to weather warnings this evening in Milton Keynes we have had to postpone our family firework display. A new date will be arranged in the new year. We are very sorry for any disappointment, please share the information with any families you know who are attending. We will also be contacting families by text. Thank you for your understanding. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Our photography course for young adults with a vision impairment is underway!

📷 The photo shows our group at the London Institute of Photography with our course leader Holger. We’re all looking forward to learning more and getting some expert shots!

@ThePhotographyInstitute
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Any of our young people (16 to 25 years) in the London area who would be able to be part of a focus group at the Natural History Museum London on Friday 29 November, please read the post below. They would be very grateful for your input!Hi everyone,

The Natural History Museum, London have been in touch with VICTA to request input from young people aged 16 to 25 in their Urban Nature Project. If you are interested, please contact Ronel Verwoerd at r.verwoerd@nhm.ac.uk.

To find out more, please read their request below:

The Natural History Museum's Urban Nature Project
We would like your opinion!

The Natural History Museum, London is always keen to receive input on its plans for development. Our Wildlife Garden is due to undergo major changes and your opinions will ensure that we incorporate what our visitors want, need and expect. Therefore, we would like to invite you to the Museum for a three-hour session (with tea and cake) to get your responses on Friday 29 November 11.00 - 14.00.

You will be invited back for a follow-up discussion in May 2020.

Please contact Ronel Verwoerd with your availability or with any queries.

r.verwoerd@nhm.ac.uk
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

It is Sight Village London today and tomorrow! Head to Kensington Town Hall and come and find out how VICTA can support you.

Opening times: 11.00 - 18.00 on the 5th and 10.00 - 15.30 on the 6th. Entry is free!
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Hi everyone,

The Natural History Museum, London have been in touch with VICTA to request input from young people aged 16 to 25 in their Urban Nature Project. If you are interested, please contact Ronel Verwoerd at r.verwoerd@nhm.ac.uk.

To find out more, please read their request below:

The Natural History Museum's Urban Nature Project
We would like your opinion!

The Natural History Museum, London is always keen to receive input on its plans for development. Our Wildlife Garden is due to undergo major changes and your opinions will ensure that we incorporate what our visitors want, need and expect. Therefore, we would like to invite you to the Museum for a three-hour session (with tea and cake) to get your responses on Friday 29 November 11.00 - 14.00.

You will be invited back for a follow-up discussion in May 2020.

Please contact Ronel Verwoerd with your availability or with any queries.

r.verwoerd@nhm.ac.uk
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

4 weeks ago

VICTA UK

Join the VICTA Parent Network!

Our VICTA Parent Network Facebook group is a safe space for you as a parent to ask any questions or seek advice on any topic related to raising a child who is visually impaired.

To join the group, visit facebook.com/groups/VICTAParentNetwork
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

4 weeks ago

VICTA UK

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the VICTA Parent Portal.

The VICTA Parent Portal is a one stop information hub for all parents and carers raising a child with a vision impairment. From assistive technology to leisure activities, education to financial support, the answers to your questions can be found on the portal.

The website is a central point housing a wealth of information, personal stories, and signposts to many other organisations out there who can help.

Visit the portal here: www.victaparents.org.uk/

#victaparents #victaparentportal #victa
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 month ago

VICTA UK

We look forward to following this, good luck Kelsey!Ready to be inspired? The Rickshaw Challenge is back with an epic new route, a newly modified Rickshaw and, of course, an incredible new team, as announced live on The One Show. 👏

The annual challenge, now in its ninth year, sees a team of six young people - each who've been supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects and charities - get together to pedal the Rickshaw across the UK. Find out more about this year's riders, Adelle, Emma, Josh, Kelsey, Thomas and Uche in the coming days.

The team will be joined by The One Show’s very own Matt Baker, take on an arduous eight-day fundraising cycle.

This year's challenge begins on Friday 8th November. From a starting point in Holyhead, the riders will travel across Wales for three days before crossing over into England in Oswestry, and then making their way to the finish line at BBC Elstree Studios on Friday 15th November during our BBC One Appeal Show.

The team’s progress will be broadcast live on The One Show as Matt’s co-presenters back in the studio follow their progress, with plenty of on-the-road coverage to come across our channels.

This year’s route will see Team Rickshaw tackle the highest village in the UK - Flash in the Peak District, and the steepest street in the world in Harlech, Wales.

Last year, a new custom rickshaw was built by engineers at the McLaren Technology Centre to make the rickshaw accessible to a wider range of riders. An innovative seat-post system allowed team members with a range of mobilities to join the team.

This year, McLaren has gone one step further and created an innovative solution that enables visually impaired and blind riders to take part in the challenge. A recumbent guide-trike, which fixes to the front of the Rickshaw allows steering and braking to be managed by a guide rider whilst a visually impaired rider pedals from the main driving seat of the Rickshaw.

Since 2011, The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge has raised over £25 million for BBC Children in Need, with donations going on to make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK who need it most.

In an exciting first for the fundraising challenge, The Hunter Foundation has pledged to give 40p for every £1 donated by the general public to the Rickshaw Challenge, helping to make the public’s generous donations go even further in making a difference to young lives.

Speaking of the pledge, Sir Tom Hunter said: “Every year I watch the Rickshaw Challenge and I can’t help but be inspired by the wonderful young people on the road and all of the support that I see from people across the UK getting together to fundraise and donate to BBC Children in Need. This year I’m looking forward to watching the whole nation get behind the team again and help us to raise even more money for such a worthy cause.

“At The Hunter Foundation we aim to maximise the impact that our money has on children and young people across the UK who are facing disadvantage, and working with BBC Children in Need enables us to do this. That’s why this year for every £1 donated to the Rickshaw Challenge we will donate 40p and make your donation go even further.”

Look out for Team Rickshaw updates on The One Show and our channels over the coming days and weeks. And don’t forget, if you’re inspired you can support the team in changing young lives over at our site.
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VICTA UK

Panto season has arrived!

There's nothing like a pantomime to get you ready for the festive season. VICTA is pleased to offer tickets to three magical productions showing at Milton Keynes, Manchester and Exeter.

All of the performances are audio-described and promise to be packed full of the usual comedy, music, dancing, outrageous costumes and general pantomime silliness!

You will find all the details of the show dates and the links to apply below.

🌟🌹 Beauty and the Beast🌹🌟
Exeter Northcott Theatre
11 December 2019, 6pm
www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/beauty-beast/

🌟🍎Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs🍎🌟
Manchester Opera House
19 December 2019, 7pm
www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/snow-white/

🌟🧞‍♂️Aladdin🧞‍♂️🌟
Milton Keynes Theatre, 2.30pm
21 December 2019
www.victa.org.uk/victa-calendar/aladdin/
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VICTA UK

To mark #WorldSightDay parent and film maker Hannah Lake has released a short film - Vision Without Sight.

Hannah's son Leo wanted to meet and talk to an adult who, like him, is visually impaired. In the film Leo meets David Blunkett, who shares positive advice and his personal experiences growing up with a vision impairment with Leo.

We were lucky enough to have an interview with Hannah to celebrate the release of the film.

Find out Hannah's motivation behind her film making and make sure you have a watch of this very moving film on our Parent Portal: www.victaparents.org.uk/vision-without-sight/

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