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Transition to Secondary School for young people with hearing loss

 

Click here to sign up

 

Online parent workshop for parents of children with a vision impairment who have been recently referred

 

Online parent workshop flyer also available in pdf

Online Coffee morning

 

Flyer giving details of an online Coffee Morning on Thursday 11 th July for parents/carers of children and young people with multisensory impairment

Upcoming events in conjunction with Guide Dogs and Berkshire Vision 

 

Save the dates

 

 

 

Activities aimed at  children and young people can be found by clicking here .  

 

 

Berkshire Vision are running a full list of activites over the summer months. They ask for a contribution of £5 per event for each family wherever possible.  Some events have funding and are shown as free on the list below. If you do require a lift, please let Carol at Berkshire Vision  know when you book.

DATE

EVENT

21st June

Ages 7 – 18

FREE

Football skills Have your children been inspired by the various international and national football games? Why not come and learn some skills taught by qualified coaches? Children can bring siblings or a friend with them (Please note: sighted children will have to wear a blindfold as we prepare to play Blind football rules). This term the focus will be on preparing to play matches. And it is free!

4th Thursdays:   27th June, 25th July

10.00-12.00

Ages 0-4 FREE

Preschool group, Penn Road Children’s Centre, Slough - Come and join in the fun with other families – for the children there will be toys, story time and a chance to make new friends; for parents there is the opportunity to chat to others. BV member must be under 5 but siblings are welcome to come along too. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMER

 

Saturday 13th July

Ages 5-18

British Blind Sport Taster day, Ascot
Join us for a sports taster day organised for Berkshire Vision by British Blind Sport.  Coaches from various sports will be there to teach us and we hope to learn how to play:  goalball, baseball, judo, tennis and more. More details to follow with the full list of sports.

Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st July

Event to be confirmed
More details to follow

Wednesday 24th July

All ages

Donkey Sanctuary  - come and meet the donkeys.  There is also a play area and small café.

Friday 26th July

All ages

Outdoor swimming pool, Polehampton
Come and join us for another fun session at this small outdoor pool. Afterwards, there is usually an option to purchase food and drinks from the Tuck shop.

Monday 29th July

All ages

Thames Valley Adventure Park We will again have exclusive use of this safe, self-contained family friendly adventure park with plenty of parking on site. There is Crazy golf, accessible play area with a zip wire, a fort, outdoor table tennis, and bikes to ride on in an allotted area. We will also run craft sessions inside

Tuesday 30th July

Secondary school

Skill up course – run jointly with Guide Dogs and Berkshire Sensory Consortium staff. This is for secondary school age members.  More details to follow.

Thursday 1st August

Age 7+

Tandem cycling with Newbury Velo: come and have a go at cycling on tandem bikes with trained pilots.  Cycling will be around an athletics racing track and not on the roads. All you have to do is pedal! No previous experience necessary. 

Monday 5th or Wednesday 7th August

Date and Event to be confirmed
More details to follow.

Thursday 8th August

All ages

Smelly Wellies – following our visit last summer, Smelly Wellies have received funding to run an event for us.  During this fun, hands on session,  you will get the chance to meet, feed, groom and cuddle some of the animals. There are goats, donkeys, sheep, llamas, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens.

Friday 9th August

All ages

Building bricks and craft session
More details to be confirmed.

Wednesday 14th August

All ages

Camp Mohawk - is a multi-functional day centre for children with special needs and their families, set in 5 acres of beautiful countryside, just outside Wargrave, Berkshire.  The swimming pool should be open for our summer visit!

Thursday 15th August

All ages

Outdoor swimming pool, Polehampton
Come and join us for another fun session at this small outdoor pool. Afterwards, there is usually an option to purchase food and drinks from the Tuck shop.

Friday 16th August

Age 7+

Tandem cycling with Newbury Velo: come and have a go at cycling on tandem bikes with trained pilots.  Cycling will be around an athletics racing track and not on the roads. All you have to do is pedal! No previous experience necessary. 

Monday 19th August

All ages

Thames Valley Adventure Park We will again have exclusive use of this safe, self-contained family friendly adventure park with plenty of parking on site. There is Crazy golf, accessible play area with a zip wire, a fort, outdoor table tennis, and bikes to ride on in an allotted area. We will also run craft sessions inside

Wednesday 21st August

All ages

Cook and craft session – join us for cooking and craft sessions at Walford Hall, Reading.

Thursday 22nd August

All ages

Picnic in the park – venue to be confirmed.  Bring your picnic and join us for fun and games.

Date to be confirmed.

Science and nature. We will be spending time in the Exploration Zone at Science Oxford Centre. You can also explore outside in the woods and near the ponds.  There will be a craft activity to do as well.  Fully accessible and suitable for under 12s.

 

Carol is still finalising the programme particularly for the teen socials and residential.

To book, please email: children@berkshirevision.org.uk or telephone the office.   Some events have a limited number of spaces and some are age specific.  Please also remember, Berkshire  now have over 100 children and young people members.  Do book as soon as you can!

TRANSPORT
We are very proud to be one of the only Sight Loss charities in the UK offering transport to our activities and we are committed to continue to provide this wherever possible. However, the cost of delivering transport has increased considerably over recent years and we have not increased contributions members make since 2019.

We understand that everyone is struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, but the real cost of each return journey to the charity is £42.50, so unfortunately we now need to increase the contribution for our transport from £7.50 to £10 per family. (For comparison, our adult members now have to pay £5 per person each way).  

Please remember to book transport as early as possible and at least 5 working days before the event as we cannot guarantee this for any late bookings and some events do not have transport available. For some events where possible, transport from the nearest train station to the event can be arranged with a £2 contribution each way.

If this cost would stop your family from being able to attend, please come back to me. We don’t want anyone to miss out!

 Contact  if you have any queries  Carol Barnfather,  
Children, Young People and Families Officer

carol.barnfather@berkshirevision.org.uk  or children@berkshirevision.org.uk
Telephone:  0118 987 2803   Mobile: 0778 8256760

Berkshire Vision also run pre-school groups 

 

To book, please email: children@berkshirevision.org.uk or telephone the office 0118 9872803. 

 

 

Part funded 1:1 swimming lessons for children with a physical disability, vision impairment or hearing loss

 

 

Did you know Goalball is a sport especially designed for the visually-impaired? Would you like to have a go to see what it is like?

Winchester Goalball Club is a fun and friendly club open to players of all abilities from age 8 upwards. Our members come from across Hampshire and the adjoining counties.

 

Generic Winchester poster Saturdays in Winchester

 

 

 

Based at Bisham Abbey, just outside Marlow, Accessible Boating Thames is a charity dedicated to opening up the river to those that might, for whatever reason, find it difficult to gain access to it. For more information click here

 

 

 

 

Berkshire Deaf Children's Society often have lots of events coming up for all ages- 

to find out more about all their events click here Contact BDCS for more information

As we hope the sun will make its way to us soon we have been actively planning our summer events for our children. We hope to bring you a varied and jam packed events list where our children can make friends and have peer-to-peer interactions, take part in new opportunities and allow time for siblings and parents to connect also.


Sun 16th June - Fathers day Adventure Park and crafts, Taplow

Mon 19th August - High Score arcade, Newbury

Thurs 29th Aug - Bushcraft, laser tag and BBQ, Pangbourne

In planning: Nets and high ropes, family fun day, Go-Karting

 

Thomas Pocklington Trust’s vision is a society where blind and partially sighted people can participate fully. Our mission is to support blind and partially sighted people of all ages to live the life they want to lead and we do this with the help and support of blind and partially sighted volunteers. 

 

Young Voices will make a difference by working to improve experiences within education, employment and engagement whilst focusing in on health and wellbeing in the VI community, making sure communities are inclusive and helping VI young people to develop life and employment skills. 

 Please see the attached leaflets for more information about Young Voices.

 

 

 

 

Supporting visually impaired young people to thrive.  Look provide online Parent Support Groups to expert-led webinars, Youth Forums and Music Groups - ,  get your diaries out and make a note of these fab events from LOOK!

Look What's on page

 

Watermill Theatre in Newbury have some  opportunities for watching and making theatre that you  might enjoy and have provided this information:

 

Deaf/hearing loss

 

Duologue is our weekly youth theatre group for young people aged 11-16, held at Arlington Arts in Newbury. Deaf, hard of hearing, hearing, CODA, all are welcome. We always have an interpreter at the sessions. We’d love to welcome some of your young people!  www.watermill.org.uk/duologue 

 

Vision impairment

 

All of our youth theatre activities can be made accessible to support needs. Visit our webpages for more information about what’s on offer.

 

 

Blind in Business have some fantastic opportunities coming up this term with employers. Alongside this, they still provide the following:

  • 1:1 mentoring
  • School and county in person and virtual careers workshops
  • Technology advice

 

To sign up for any of the below events or for more details, email. info@blindinbusiness.org.uk

 

 

More information about Blind in Business events

 

Wokingham Children with Additional needs (CAN) Network is an information and support service for children and young people with additional needs and their families. Their March Newsletter has lots of information and things to do during the Easter holidays.

 

Our house is a unique accessible play centre where families can meet and all children are celebrated. It is a safe haven where disabled children can relax, have fun and be truly valued and accepted for who they are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soundabout have unveiled a brand new timetable for their online music provision. We have a variety of fun, interactive and educational sessions on Facebook, YouTube and Zoom.Sessions are free to access except for those held on Zoom. Please view their website for more details.

 

 

 


Please visit the RNIB website for more details.

 

 

British Blind Sport have designed an innovative pack to provide children with all the tools they need to take their first steps to leading a more active life. In addition to receiving the First Steps Pack, our First Steps families will receive ongoing support and will be invited to Family Days organised by BBS which not only bring young people together but also introduce them to new activities and inclusive clubs in their local community. For more information, please visit our website.

 

 

New College Worcester have lots of great events happening throughout the year.  See their event directory for more details. 
 

 

Learn how young people can manage low mood and depression during COVID-19. On this course, young people, parents, carers, teachers, and other professionals can learn helpful, practical techniques to cope with low mood and depression during the lockdown period and beyond. You’ll examine how to help young people structure their day and improve sleep and diet. For more information please click here.

 

 

We are a national charity getting more children with disabilities learning how to swim. We have recently launched a new programme in Slough in partnership with Everyone Active at The Centre and are offering lessons immediately. 

 

We fund lessons for children: aged 4-11, who cannot currently swim 10 metres, with a physical disability or sensory impairment.  For more information, please email contact@levelwater.org or visit our website.

 

 

We want to introduce to you a research project called the READY study (Recording Emerging Adulthood in Deaf Youth) and offer your child the opportunity to take part if they wish.  The READY study is a 6 year research project about deaf young people between the ages of 16 and 23 years old. It is interested in the changes in deaf young people’s lives from their point of view as they move between childhood and adulthood. The project is being conducted by the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh. For further information, please see the following documents: 

 

The University of Birmingham is undertaking a research project regarding the experiences of students with VI applying for Higher Education. In particular they are interested in how useful, or not, parents, students and teachers have found the information available on the RNIB’s website regarding applying for university and life at university, and the 'Supporting the achievement of learners with vision impairment in Higher Education' available on the NatSIP website.  These documents can be accessed here:RNIB and Supporting the achievements of learners

 

If you would like further information about the project or would like to complete an online questionnaire based on your experiences of using them, then please contact Rachel Hewett, Birmingham University at R.G.Hewett@bham.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

Speech and Language Therapy details of how to make contact with the team can be found here.

 

 

The Ear Foundation have a team of clinical and educational practitioner who run a variety of interesting and relevant programmes. Please see their website for more details. 

 

 

The NDCS hold many events and these can be found here: https://www.ndcs.org.uk/our-services/our-events

 

 

Wokingham Parents - There is a new local offer link for  parents looking for what’s on which should make it easier to find activities:

 

https://directory.wokingham.gov.uk/kb5/wokingham/directory/lo_whats_on.page

 

 

Subtitled/Captioned Accessible Cinema! 1,500+ shows nationwide! Clifford the Big red dog,  Spiderman West Side Story, Captain Underpants, Despicable Me 3, The Beguiled, Baby Driver, Transformers, Wonder Woman & more! All cinemas can show all the films listed above with English-language subtitles. Click the link for more details: http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/films.html

 

 

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