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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

Be inspired. You Can Succeed; UCAS and Starting University

By Natalia Foster UCAS and University, two small but quite powerful words. For any 18 year old, the UCAS process can be stressful, challenging and all together a mystery until you are on the other side of it. As someone who completed and survived the UCAS journey, I wanted to give you my five top tips for navigating it with ease and confidence! 1. Give your personal statement that personal twist This may seem like an obvious point to make, but you would be surprised as to how much the ‘personal’ part of a personal statement is ignored. Something [...]

By |January 24, 2023|Categories: 14 to 17, 18 plus, Be Inspired, Education, Knowledge kitchen, Stand out, Taking control|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Opportunity focus – Neon Big Bang Competition

Neon Big Bang Competition for 11-19 year olds A top prize of up to £1,500 is up for grabs as part of the UK’s top annual science and engineering competition. Have you got an idea that will change people’s lives? Or help the climate crisis? Maybe even an idea that is literally out of this world? The Big Bang Competition is now open for you to submit your big project idea. Please note: VICTA is in no way affiliated with this competition but would encourage any VICTA young people that are entering to get in touch [...]

By |November 1, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Competition, Education, Opportunities, STEM|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
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