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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 [...]

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

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

New opportunity – Make Our Move – Climate Change

Make Our Move - Are you ready to take climate action? Hubbub have shared this opportunity with the Student Portal, perfect for anyone passionate about making a positive impact on climate change. Applications close on 20 March, so if you are interested, get your applications in quickly! Information from Hubbub: Calling all young people to take part in a free, year-long programme to run an environmental campaign in your own city. Are you 18-24 years old and based in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester or Glasgow? Want to make a positive difference for the environment but not had [...]

By |March 15, 2022|Categories: 18 plus, Education, Employability, Life skills, Nature, Opportunities, 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

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 [...]

New opportunity – Join the next wave of VICTA Young Ambassadors!

Each year a new group of VICTA Young Ambassadors come together to help shape STRiVE, our e-magazine aimed at you! Do you have a passion for sharing your voice and communicating with others? Do you have an editorial vision for STRiVE you're dying to share? We have dreams of more video articles, more social content and growing our bank of inspiring stories and honest voices. If you think this could be you, then we'd love to hear from you. More about the programme Our Young Ambassadors Programme is a volunteering opportunity for young adults aged 18 to [...]

By |January 28, 2022|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Internship, Opportunities, Strive, Volunteering|0 Comments
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