Project information

VICTA Family Weekend

We will take away 50 to 100 families with Visually impaired children for a weekend.

A weekend

Charity information


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  • Need


    So many parents have commented on how alone they feel in world when it comes to dealing with a blind or partially sighted child. There is estimated to be over 24,000 visually impaired youngsters in the UK. The population in the UK is over 61,000,000, which means one blind youngster per 2,500 people – hardly surprising that parents feel so alone and so isolated, they may never come in contact with another family who has a blind child.


    The VICTA family weekend will take 50 to 100 families with visually impaired children away to an activity centre. During the weekend children will get to take part in outdoor activities whilst the parents will get to support and encourage each other in workshops.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To be with other families in the same position as them


    » The evening activities and meal times will give families an opportunity to be together and interact.

    Success will be having at least 50 families taking part in the activities

    Aim 2

    For their blind children to meet other blind children


    » There will be outdoor activities put on for visually impaired children, such as climbing and abseiling.

    Success will be having the groups choosing to socialise together when their activities aren't running

    Aim 3

    For siblings to meet other siblings


    » There will also be outdoor activities put on for the brothers and sister of visually impaired children, such as climbing and abseiling.

    Success will be having the groups choosing to socialise together when their activities aren't running

    Aim 4

    To provide the families with information, ideas and opportunities


    » Sessions will be put on for the parents which will include speakers and discussion groups. There will also be a small exhibition

    Success will be having at least 50 parents attending the parents activities

  • Impact


    The long term changes will be in the lives of the families attending. We should see families staying in touch, children becoming pen pals and parents sharing infomation with each other either through VICTA or directly with each other,


    The biggest risks to this project are two fold.

    Firstly if a large number of families take a place on the weekend but do not turn up. We will address this risk by taking a deposit from the families to give an incentive to turn up.

    Secondly the nature of the activities that the children are taking part in bring with them an element of risk. This risk is best combated through working closely with the activity providers.


    Donors will received an initial evaluation sheet from previous weekends, as well as a summery of the questionnaires which we will require attendees to fill out on departure.

    Donors will also be welcome to attend the weekend and we will provide any statistics required by donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £36,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Venue Food Accomodation & Activities
      £4,000 Creche cost of outside contractor
      £2,000 Other Expenses and other costs
  • Background


    The project will take place in England. It will be at a central venue to allow people from all over the country to attend.


    Qualification criteria will be that families attending must have at least one child (under 18) who is registered as blind or partially sighted. This is the only entry criteria. The event will be heavily subsided (hence the need for funding) to ensure that the cost is not prohibitive to those on lower incomes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    VICTA is best placed to carry out this project because, having helped hundreds of families with visually impaired children over the last 25 years we have both a large database of potential attendees and an understanding of the key issues that these families face.

    We also have links with many other charities and people in the visually impaired community which puts us in a very good position to recruit quality speakers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Phil Price

    He will take on responsibility for organising the event. He has experience of doing this in the past, both for VICTA and other organisations.

    Tracie Tappenden

    Tracie is the Director of VICTA and has experience of the visually impaired community, both professionally and personally (she has a blind son)