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Celebrating World Laughter Day with blind comedian Jamie MacDonald

In 1995, a doctor called Madan Kataria from India made it his mission to help people de-stress through 'laughter clubs'. These quickly spread around the globe and resulted in the creation of World Laughter Day in 1998. It is now observed on the first Sunday of May. To celebrate the day, I spoke to Jamie MacDonald - a blind, Glaswegian comedian who lives with his wife in Sheffield. The 43-year-old began losing his sight at 16 due to a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa. He has since gone on to complete degrees, try [...]

By |May 3, 2024|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, Education, Self Advocacy, STEM, Taking control|0 Comments

Interview – Accessing STEM subjects as a VI student

For British Science Week, Charlotte Bateman spoke to a blind 16-year-old student (AJ) at the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), Herefordshire - about making STEM subjects more accessible to VI pupils. While she is currently studying A-Levels in English Literature, Psychology and German, AJ excelled at science during her GCSE education. Below she shares her tips for getting the most out of your lessons, and what to do if you are struggling with the syllabus. What was your experience of science at school? AJ: My experience was pretty mixed. A lot of the issues [...]

By |March 22, 2024|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, Education, Self Advocacy, STEM, Taking control|0 Comments

Be inspired. VI art student Millie-Jayne’s digital art

Image description: A high contrast digital image. The background image is an abstract photo that has been flooded with colour - bright pink and dark grey, a person is just visible in the centre of the image. In the top-right corner a white flower is overlaid over the other image with transparency allowing the background colours to show through. In the bottom-left there is a blue image overlaid of a tulip with bright yellow accents. Braille dots have been overlaid over the image reading: 'Better to be blind and see with your heart than have two [...]

By |February 7, 2024|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Arts, Be Inspired, Create, Education, Stand out, Taking control, University|0 Comments

New opportunity – TPT online events to help you with transitions

Thomas Pocklington Trust have launched a series of online events to support you in approaching the key transitional stages of your education as a blind or partially sighted student Whether you’re in secondary school, attending college or sixth form, starting university or thinking about employability, they can provide you with the information, advice and support you need to move through mainstream education. The online events that will address three key topics to aid you in transitioning to the next stage of your education: #SocialEyes – socialising and social wellbeing #FutureVision – forward and future [...]

By |December 7, 2023|Categories: 14 to 17, 18 plus, Education, Get involved, Opportunities, Social, University|0 Comments

Be inspired. Fundraising success for this VICTA Young Achiever!

We are celebrating Dotty, who has had incredible fundraising success while earning her Young Achievers Community pin badge. So far, Dotty has raised over £600 through her sponsored walk, amazing! Dotty's parents tell us how she organised her fundraising event and what made it a great success: Dotty chose to do a sponsored walk as part of her Young Achievers Award with VICTA, we chose a 5 mile walk near Dotty’s School. We sent a message to Dotty’s friends and parents and WOW we were overwhelmed by the support we got. The walk started at West Hanningfield Village Hall [...]

By |September 29, 2023|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, Be Inspired, Education, Fundraising, Stand out, Taking control, Young Achievers|0 Comments

National Careers Week 2023

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 2023. Browse our links and video chats to gain some careers-based inspiration and then tell us your dream career in the comments section. Celebrating National Careers Week 2023 There is lots happening across National Careers Week including their virtual careers fair! Visit the NCW Careers Fair >   Visit the NCW website > Visit the Success at School website! There are lots of great resources for you to [...]

By |March 9, 2023|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Education, Employability|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Be inspired. International Mother Language Day

DofE VICTA volunteer Armaan tells us about growing up with English as his second language Hello, my name is Armaan, and I am bilingual meaning that I can speak two languages and those are ‘English and Bengali’ while I can also read Arabic and speak simple Spanish. Bangla was my first language and I learnt it from my Grandma at the age of one/two. Performing tasks such as singing in the language and generally talking with her, helped when my family moved here from Bangladesh because I could talk to them, therefore allowing me to be more connected with [...]

By |February 21, 2023|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Be Inspired, Education, Stand out, Taking control|0 Comments

New opportunity – National Apprenticeships Week

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2023 is a week-long celebration bringing together businesses and apprentices across the country. This year's theme is 'Skills for Life' - "reflecting on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills." Find out more about National Apprenticeships Week on their website: naw.appawards.co.uk As part of the organised events the ASK Programme are hosting a series of free events. Below you will find their list of events and a link to Eventbrite [...]

By |February 6, 2023|Categories: 14 to 17, 18 plus, Education, Employability, Life skills, Opportunities|Tags: |0 Comments

New opportunity – BBC Young Reporter 2023

BBC Young Reporter Competition 2023 The BBC Young Reporter Competition is open until Friday 31 March 2023 for ages 11-18. Share your story for the chance to have it produced with the help of BBC journalists, producers and programme makers for broadcast on TV, radio, online or on social media. The theme is ‘Me and My World’ - entries can be written or recorded as a short video or audio clip. You can enter as an individual or as a group. Find out all about the competition and how to enter here: bbc.co.uk/teach/young-reporter/competition/zghcydm You'll find all of [...]

UCAS Deadline Day 2023

With UCAS deadline day approaching on 25 January 2023 it's the perfect time to visit the University resources on the Student Portal! You'll find links to help with everything from choosing your course, writing personal statements, clearing and disability support. You can also hear first hand from students studying at university who have vision impairments themselves. Visit the university resources for 14 to 17s Visit the university resources for 18 plus You Can Succeed; UCAS and Starting University By Natalia Foster "UCAS and University, two small but quite [...]

By |January 24, 2023|Categories: 14 to 17, 18 plus, Education, Knowledge kitchen, University|Tags: |0 Comments
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