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Opportunity focus – See Work Differently

See Work Differently is RNIB’s employment initiative for blind and partially sighted people to secure that first rung on the career ladder or who are returning to work following a career break. The first of these opportunities is now live. Please see their information below and follow the link at the bottom of the page for all the information and details of how to apply on the RNIB website. Seeing Work Differently placement scheme x3 Salary: National living wage Contract type: 9 weeks fixed term paid work experience Hours: Two days per week RNIB is proud to announce [...]

By |June 10, 2022|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Internship, Opportunities, Volunteering|Tags: |0 Comments

Be inspired. Who am I, who do I volunteer for, and what is my role there?

By Natalia Foster, VICTA Young Ambassador (2022) Hello! My name is Natalia and during my first semester at University, I was presented with the opportunity to volunteer for a charity called CoachBright. CoachBright is a wonderful charity that aims to improve social mobility for children, students and young professionals who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The charity works closely with the University of Birmingham, and in my case, the job was promoted to psychology undergraduates. During my time with CoachBright I volunteered as an English literature tutor providing additional learning to GCSE students who wished to improve their current grade. [...]

By |June 6, 2022|Categories: 14 to 17, 18 plus, Be Inspired, Education, Life skills, Stand out, Volunteering|Tags: |0 Comments

Get involved. National Children’s Gardening Week

National Children's Gardening Week runs from 28th May – 5th June 2022 To celebrate, we've done some digging and rounded up some great articles and activities to plant a seed of inspiration! Things to do on the National Children's Gardening Week website They have lots of exciting activities that you can try at home - make a mini pond, a homemade suncatcher, or a pinecone bird feeder. If you give any of their activities a try, we'd love to see your photos, you can send them to students@victa.org.uk. Visit the National Children's Gardening Week's list of activities [...]

By |June 1, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, Education, Get involved, Nature|0 Comments

InFocus share tips on laying out your garden

Thanks to Dylan Cheshire, Horticultural Manager at InFocus (WESC at time of writing) for sharing this helpful guide on laying out your garden! InFocus is a specialist day and residential centre in Devon offering a unique experience for young people and adults with visual impairment including complex needs. Their Discovery Garden is an onsite outdoor facility for the students to use and enjoy at the centre. Dylan Cheshire manages the garden and shares his tips here for setting up your own... Edges to identify paths, prickly plants and other pointy things We want everyone to be able to [...]

By |May 30, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Be Inspired, Nature, Wellbeing|0 Comments

Be inspired. My Gifted Green World

By Sonal Sumaria, VICTA Young Ambassador (2020/21) Sea green, olive, dark green, forest green, lime, mint, pear, shamrock, emerald, seaweed, parakeet, sage, jade and viridian are a few of many of shades of green – the colour of nature, peace, life, renewal, energy and safety, I’ve seen and worked with. It’s a colour I’ll never be fed up of, it’s in my everyday life and most importantly it’s about my personality as a horticulturist. ‘Green renews and restores depleted energy. It is the sanctuary away from the stresses of modern living, restoring us back to a sense of wellbeing’ [...]

Be inspired. Meet the England Women’s Blind Football Team

On Saturday 21 May, VICTA was privileged to attend the England Women’s Blind Team's first official training camp at the home of England football, St. George’s Park. VICTA's exclusive access granted us front row seats to witness this inspiring team of girls in action, showcasing their talent and teamwork. The team made great use of the Tony Larkin Pitch – a bespoke pitch for blind football and one of only two in existence in the UK. We not only got to see them show off their ability, but also interviewed some of the team and coaches, getting a [...]

Opportunity focus – VICTA and CNIB Foundation Virtual Programme Opportunity

The CNIB Foundation has teamed up with VICTA to offer places on two of their virtual Learning Academy programmes this summer. This is a great opportunity for UK teenagers with a vision impairment to meet Canadian vision impaired teenagers on a virtual platform. The two programmes are the ‘Junior Explorers’ programme for Canadian grades 7-8 (12-14 years old) and the ‘Young Achievers’ programme for Canadian grades 9-10 (14-16 years old). There are two places available for VICTA UK students on each programme. CNIB Learning Academy ‘Junior Explorers’ (12-14 years old) Weekdays from July 4  to  July [...]

By |May 16, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, Employability, Life skills, Opportunities, Stand out|Tags: |0 Comments

Opportunity focus – The National Saturday Club

Have you heard of the National Saturday Club? Whatever your interests this unique club offers incredible opportunities across the country, what better way to start your weekend? Here's what the National Saturday Club have to say about taking  part... "Young people across the country are spending Saturday mornings at their local university, college or museum discovering subjects they love. Saturday Clubs are open to 13–16-year-olds of all abilities and are free to attend. Joining the National Saturday Club is a unique opportunity to learn new skills, discover talents, meet new people, and find out more about further [...]

By |April 29, 2022|Categories: 14 to 17, Employability, Life skills, Opportunities, Stand out|Tags: |0 Comments

Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month, the perfect reminder to look after your wellbeing. The Stress Management Society has put together lots of useful resources to help you. See how many of their stress management activities you can tick off, they have 30 in total! Grow your own food Keep hydrated Go for a walk Have a digital detox Discover the full list here > They have also put together a document sharing helpful tips to support your stress awareness. View the document here > Explore the Student Portal for extra support and guidance Our wellbeing pages share [...]

By |April 20, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus|Tags: |0 Comments

New opportunity – Get Set Progress – TPT Internship Programme

Get Set Progress provides paid internships for blind and partially sighted people to secure that first rung on the career ladder or who are returning to work following a career break. Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has run a programme of paid internships since 2015 with 85% of interns going on to gain paid employment within six months. In March 2022 TPT extended the programme to five other sight loss charities. Partner organisations in the programme are British Blind Sport, My Sight Nottinghamshire, MySight York, Oxfordshire Association for the Blind and Sight Support West of England. These [...]

By |March 29, 2022|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Life skills, Opportunities, Stand out|Tags: |0 Comments
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