How VICTA can help your family

VICTA can support your family in a number of ways. Our programme of activities include Family Weekends, Family Days and Early Years Days, all designed to encourage parent support networks, provide information and improve the emotional, social and living skills of the children and young adults we support. Once your child reaches the age of 14, they can grow in confidence and gain independence by attending our residential activities and international opportunities. Visit our pages for pre-teen activities (10 to 13), youth support (14 to 17) and young adults (18 to 29) to find out more.

Grant applications can be made towards the purchase of equipment which helps with your child’s visual impairment e.g. braillers, computers and magnification software.

Getting involved

  • VICTA can support children and young people from birth up to 29 years.
  • To qualify for VICTA grants, activities and services applicants must be either registered or registrable blind or partially sighted.
  • VICTA supports children and young people who are UK residents. Please see specific terms and conditions for grant applications.

At our Family Weekends, by engaging in outdoors adventures including sports such as kayaking, abseiling and climbing, children are encouraged to lift their personal boundaries and set higher expectations for themselves. Individual and group activities help to increase confidence and build friendships. At the same time, parents are encouraged to see their child’s true capabilities and remove limits.

Through family-focussed recreational outings, children are given hands-on learning opportunities that teach verbal communication and social skills to build confidence and self-esteem.

On all our family activities parents meet other parents and build an essential network of support and friendships.

Our Early Years Days are designed for parents new to raising a child who is blind or partially sighted. These retreats offer a comfortable and safe environment for parents to connect with others who have a first-hand understanding of what they are going through. Parents learn important tools and tips to help them support their child to reach important developmental milestones.

Activity calendar

Activity calendar

Visit our full activity calendar and join VICTA on some big adventures! Our activities are designed to bring people together, grow support networks and promote confidence and independence. Click here >

Apply for a grant

Apply for a grant

VICTA makes grants available for accessible equipment from iPads to braillers and computers to enable children and young adults to reach their full potential. Click here >

Parent support

Parent support

Visit our parent support pages to access useful information and resources to help you and your visually impaired child. Find out more about our ‘Parent Network’ and online ‘Parent Portal’. Click here >

Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

VICTA is now a centre of excellence for the delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for young people who are blind or partially sighted. Click here >

Exhibitions and conferences

Exhibitions and conferences

VICTA attends exhibitions and conferences related to sight loss throughout the year. Find out where we will be, including Sight Village dates, and come and find out more. Click here >

Our partners and collaborators

Our partners and collaborators

Find out who we work with and how other organisations can also support you. Click here >

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