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Life in music: songs and lyrics that help me spill my brain

VICTA Young Ambassador Grace Hill has found her love of music, lyrics and song writing has played a key part in supporting her mental health. Finding a lyric you relate to can bring a sense of shared understanding. Grace shares with us the songs that mean the most to her and the reason they resonate with her. We'd like you to add to Grace's playlist by sharing the songs that have had a positive impact on your mental health. We've saved Grace's choices as a playlist on our YouTube channel so that you can listen to them and we'd [...]

By |October 13, 2022|Categories: 14 to 17, 18 plus, Uncategorized, Wellbeing|Tags: |3 Comments

Our hair workshops continue with Anna Cofone

Written by Monique Richards, VICTA Intern Tuesday 2nd of August was the second hair and care workshop with Anna Cofone, an international session hairstylist working on big name editorials, advertising and film with stars such as Dua Lipa and Lana Del Ray. The workshop was held in the same location as before in East London which made it easy to navigate to. In the workshop Anna briefly went over the topics we covered in the last workshop for the benefit of the new participants who did not attend the previous session. We all had our brushes and combs laid [...]

By |September 22, 2022|Categories: 14 to 17, 18 plus, Activities, Create, Fashion and Beauty, Life skills, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Monique’s art gallery

My name is Monique. Here is some of my art work I have created over the years. I’ve always been an artistic individual from a very young age. I started really honing in on my art more seriously when I took the subject for GCSE in school. In these classes I learnt different techniques and mediums of art I could work in. I don’t think that having a visual impairment restricts my ability to do art. I believe that having differences encourages individuality that makes someone’s art unique and stand out. Left: Pencil drawing [...]

By |September 7, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Arts, Create, Uncategorized|0 Comments

No limits lifestyle – White water kayaking blind

By Sam Roberts Hi everyone, my name is Sam Roberts and I am a Young Ambassador for VICTA. I live what I call a 'no limits lifestyle' where I tell myself every day that there is nothing we can’t achieve, the only person that is stopping you from reaching your goals is yourself. Over the last six months I have been working hard on progressing my white water kayaking skills, with the ambition of taking on the white water of the River Dee. No limits means pushing your boundaries, reaching further than you’ve ever reached before and never [...]

Hair care workshop with Anna Cofone

(Picture: Variety of styling combs and brushes along with hair pins and hair doughnut placed on a table) Anna Cofone is a freelance hairstylist working with celebrities such as Dua Lipa and Lana Del Rey and alongside brands such as Adidas and Topshop, so we were all very excited to have access to her expertise for the day! Anna started her workshop for blind and partially sighted people demonstrating how to care for and style hair, as growing up with a family member who is blind, it's something that really meant a lot to her. During [...]

By |June 7, 2022|Categories: 14 to 17, 18 plus, Activities, Get involved, Life skills, Uncategorized|0 Comments

My university experience during lockdown

By Ibraheem Iqbal A stressful storm Hi, I’m Ibraheem. Currently a first year university student studying Psychology at the University of Liverpool. Well, I should be in my second year, but COVID happened. Let me take you back to the beginning, March 2020. All university students were told that studies would continue at home. To some this brought joy, to others confusion and although I can’t speak on behalf of everyone, from my encounters, most were pretty stressed out. Most students I spoke to adjusted to this ‘online’ method pretty fast. I mean attending a lecture while lying in [...]

By |August 11, 2021|Categories: 18 plus, Education, Strive, Uncategorized, University|0 Comments

World War I battlefields tour across France and Belgium

With a big trip ahead, an intrepid and excited group from VICTA came together through the hustle and bustle of Ashford International and quickly became acquainted. We hurried aboard our coach and waved ‘au revoir’ to England… France and Belgium here we come! Our travels kicked off with a ‘treat’ for our taste buds as we sampled some of the foods that may have been consumed during the Great War including, corned beef, tinned sardines and canned fruit. After speeding under the English Channel on the Eurotunnel, we emerged on the continent, saying ‘bonjour’ to France and after a [...]

By |August 9, 2021|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, Activities, Education, Humanities, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pre-Teen Scientists at the Natural History Museum

18 young people aged 10 to 13 joined VICTA at the Natural History Museum. It was a great opportunity to get up-close and hands-on with some of the Museum’s more unusual exhibits. The day brought students together with lots of great chat over common interests and mutual understanding. Check out our image gallery from the day and make sure you join us on our next pre-teen activity!

By |August 9, 2021|Categories: 10 to 13, Activities, Education, Humanities, Uncategorized|0 Comments

20 recommended apps for a person who has a visual impairment

Mobile phones, tablets and voice activated devices have revolutionised the way people who are visually impaired interact and use technology. Here is our list of great apps to download to make the most out of your device. 1. Tap Tap See TapTapSee is a mobile camera application designed specifically for visually impaired users. TapTapSee utilises your device’s camera and VoiceOver functions to take a picture or video of anything and identify it out loud for you. Double-tap the right side of the screen to take a picture or double-tap the left side of the screen to take a video. [...]

By |July 27, 2021|Categories: Knowledge kitchen, Technology, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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