VICTA provides support to children and young people who are blind or partially sighted and their families.
VICTA was founded in 1987 by a group of parents who came together to support each other with the day-to-day issues of looking after a visually impaired child. They provided emotional support and worked together to ensure that their children were given the same opportunities as sighted children. They also supported each other through the minefield of obtaining the right educational provision for their children.
Those children have now grown and the original parents wished to ensure that the charity continued so that other parents could have the support which they valued so much. They worked hard to support the charity in its growth and in fundraising, and we are delighted to carry on their work.
What VICTA do
VICTA organises activities designed to improve the emotional, social and living skills of the children and young people that we support. Bringing children and young people who are blind or partially sighted together to socialise, have fun and travel whether in the UK or abroad helps them to realise just what they can achieve. Some of the activities we provide are…
Annual Family Weekends
Our family weekends are designed with parents in mind. We provide workshops and informal opportunities for parents to share the highs and lows of family life. For the children, the weekends are a chance to come together and share in a range of organised activities.
Read about our 2015 Spring Family Weekend >
Early Years Weekend
Our early years weekend offers families with a child aged 0 to 5 years who is visually impaired the opportunity to come together and attend workshops while the children take part in a range of activities.
Read about our 2014 Early Years Weekend >
Our UK youth weekends are for young people aged 18 to 29 who are blind or partially sighted. These residential breaks use the challenge of activities such as indoor skydiving, canoeing and surfing to build confidence and prove that anything is possible.
Read about our 2015 February Youth Weekend >
Family Days and Activities
These activities aim to bring families and their children together. We have hosted activities at a range of locations including zoos, museums and theatres.
Read about our 2015 February trip to Harry Potter >
Our international trips provide an opportunity for young people who are blind or partially sighted to experience the wonder of travel in a semi-independent way.
Read about our May 2015 trip to Sicily >
Our activities are constantly being updated so please visit our activities page for the latest information.
Visit the 2017 Activities Calendar >
We make grants available to enable children and young people to reach their full potential. Whether it is for a Brailler or a computer to help them keep in touch, we want everyone to have the opportunity to learn and grow.
We want to encourage children and young people to develop independent life skills and therefore provide grants for equipment such as talking household items, magnifiers, navigation aids and activity breaks. With the right support, we believe everyone can develop the confidence to take their place in the world.
More information about VICTA grants >
We support parents by:
- Offering advice on issues related to bringing up a child who is blind or partially sighted.
- Helping parents come to terms with and understanding their child’s eye problem.
- Providing information and help in respect of how to ensure that they and their children access all available statutory support. Putting parents in touch with other parents.
- Directing them to our parent support network www.throughscarlettseyes.com
More about Through Scarlett’s Eyes >