More than 200 people attended the 2013 VICTA family weekend at an activity centre in Liddington and it was a huge success! VICTA host this event every year and it keeps getting better and better. We provided some new activities this year, such as quad biking, open canoeing and fencing. The quad biking was an especially amazing activity as it gave the children a chance to be independent with a vehicle. As well as the new activities we also had the old favourites such as zip wires, climbing walls, high ropes and many more.

The families arrived on Friday where they were able to check into their rooms and familiarise themselves with the building. After dinner we shared the exciting itinerary for the weekend, introduced ourselves to the families and started getting to know each other by playing some ice breaker challenges.

On Saturday the children were divided up into their groups and taken off to their activities. Whilst the children were away the parents were taken up to the main suite where we had guest speakers from The Royal Blind Society, who launched our partnership project of family support workers, Guide Dogs who told us all about the changes and the new buddy dog scheme and Through Scarlett’s Eyes the exciting new website we have created for families to use. The talks are designed to inform the parents of the help that’s available to them, what’s new and how we ourselves can improve.

Sunday was the parents turn to get involved with the activities including mountain biking, zip wires and vertical challenges. Sunday night was party night and everyone joined in with the fun fancy dress, the theme this year was space. All the families made an amazing effort with their costumes, including space ships, aliens, stars and many more! Departure after lunch on Monday was a tearful experience and saw lots of numbers and Facebook details being frantically swapped, many new friendships were formed. This year was a great success and we’re already looking forward to next year!

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