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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

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

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

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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