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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

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

Get involved – Earth Hour

WWF - Earth Hour 8:30pm on Saturday 26 March 2022 is #EarthHour A global movement that reminds us that even small actions can make a big difference. Change is possible, but only if we act together. Find out how to get involved with The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Before Earth Hour… Download the WWF My Footprint app and take on a challenge. You can use the app to calculate your impact then choose and track challenges to help reduce your environmental footprint with WWF’s My Footprint App. Let us know what you find out in the comments below! Click here [...]

By |March 25, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Education, Nature, Stand out|0 Comments

National Careers Week 2022

Careers Week on the Student Portal! We've pulled together lots of helpful information to help you get the most out of National Careers Week 2022. Plus you can watch vlogs from young VI professionals, who share their advice. National Careers Week 2022 - Online Careers Fair National Careers Week are hosting an online careers week for you to explore. Each day has a different focus - Monday: NatWest Group, Tuesday: Careers at Sea, Wednesday: Health Careers, Thursday: BBC Bitesize and Friday: Civil Service. Visit the NCW Careers Fair >   Visit the NCW website > [...]

By |March 9, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Education, Employability|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Be inspired. Video chats with young VI sports stars

The Winter Paralympics are here and we're excited! If the buzz of the snow sport action over the next couple of weeks leaves you feeling inspired to give something new a try, then go for it! These young athletes we chatted to at our Sports Camp did just that... Meet Hester Poole, a Para-Alpine Ski Racer for GB! Hester chatted to the VICTA Student Portal to tell us all about how VI skiing works and how she fell in love with the sport. What started as a tobogganing experience on a dry slope let to [...]

By |March 4, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Adventure, Sports|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Talking about my mental health

Hi. My name is Johnathan and I am 15 years old. Since it is Children's Mental Health Week, I wanted to tell you about my story and what helped me because I don't think any person should go through  those few months. To fully tell this story, we need to go back one and a half years to around the time of the first lockdown. I truly started experiencing mental health issues in the summer of 2020. I became more distant, less interactive and left my room very little. I spent every day just watching YouTube and didn't [...]

By |February 7, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, Wellbeing|1 Comment

Children’s Mental Health Week activity – a letter to your younger self

7 to 13 February is Children's Mental Health Week and this year's theme is 'Growing Together'. Place 2 Be are challenging us to think about how growing emotionally is such an important part of our development. 'Things that upset us when we were younger may no longer overwhelm us as we grow and learn to cope with life’s ups and downs. Challenges and set-backs can help us to grow and adapt.' Writing a letter to your younger self for Children's Mental Health Week You might surprise yourself when you put pen (or braille!) to paper and think about [...]

By |February 7, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17|0 Comments

New opportunity – BBC Young Reporter

BBC Young Reporter Competition The BBC Young Reporter Competition is open until 27 March 2022 for those aged 11-18. It's an amazing opportunity to produce a report on a story or issue important to you.  It is a unique chance to tell your story on TV, radio, online or on social media with the help of BBC journalists, producers and programme makers! This year’s theme is ‘Me and My World’. Find out all about the competition and how to enter here: www.bbc.co.uk/teach/young-reporter/competition/zghcydm Need some inspiration? Previous examples include: Ben’s story, produced with BBC Sport, reflects the reality [...]

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