In July VICTA held a youth weekend for 18 – 29 year olds at Aston Clinton in Bedfordshire. It was another great weekend for 16 blind and partially sighted young people. Aston Clinton was a new venue for us and proved to be very popular. The accommodation was a little more comfortable than we are used to with most getting their own room!
The food was incredible. Hot food three times a day and always pudding. No one could possibly say they went hungry and the quality was great too. The site staff went beyond the call of duty to provide everything we needed and were a pleasure to work with. After lunch we had a welcome meeting which included health and safety issues, orientation, fire alarm and ground rules.
Across the weekend, the young people took part in activities including ‘giant swing’, ‘abseiling’, ‘Jacob’s ladder’ and ‘crate stack’. On Friday evening we went for a walk along the canal and pleased to say we didn’t lose anyone in the water! Even though Fliss, a guide dog, did her best to trip us all up with a giant stick.
Saturday night saw us all round the camp fire with pizza and beer and melting marshmallows. We also made popcorn in the strange contraptions made by our very own Paul Norman. On the last night we abandoned camp and made our escape to the local pub for a beverage or two. Sat outside in the evening sunshine was a lovely experience enjoyed by all. Departure day came around all too soon and we had much exchanging of numbers and Facebook details. New friends made and plans to meet again in full force.