Young People Celebrating Christmas

Children, Young People and Families

Sight loss affects people at any age. We support children, young adults and their families at every stage of their sight loss journey.

We hold a variety of activities and events for those of pre-school age through to those transitioning into adulthood, with activities to suit their wants and needs.

Groups are aimed at:

  • Pre-school – those aged up to 5 years old
  • Young people – those aged from 5 – 12 years
  • Teenager – those between the ages of 13 – 18+

We encourage families to get involved in the activities, whether this be siblings, parents, carers or any other family members. It’s not just for the children and young people, it’s for their families too. We offer monthly opportunities for parents and carers to get together to chat and share experiences.

Our programme offers:

  • Fun, social activities
  • Action-packed sports
  • Chances to get creative
  • To join in educational sessions, from wildlife to media
  • The opportunity to try something new
  • Go on days out
  • A chance to meet other families and make new friends
  • Help to build confidence
  • Gain support, information and learn from others
  • To be part of a community supporting sight loss

Examples of events offered include:

  • Theatre trips
  • Ten pin bowling
  • Half-term digital music sessions with Lab Media
  • Visual-impaired football, in conjunction with Norwich City Football Club
  • Trips to Legoland and Harry Potter World
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of Carrow Road
  • A Christmas ‘Santa Special’ trip on the Bure Valley railway
  • A Christmas party

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation we have still suspended our face-to-face events and our new events will all be delivered online.

We will continue to monitor the current situation and hope to resume face-to-face events in the future.

Other support:

Together with activities, we assist young people and their families with anything from applying for relevant benefits to EHCPs. Home visits can be arranged, if required.

We also offer awareness information days and presentations on request.

To be added to our distribution list or for more information about our events and other support, please email [email protected].

Call 01603 573000 or email [email protected]

Barbara Dunn, Young People and Families Activity Coordinator at Vision Norfolk

Barbara joined Vision Norfolk in November 2020 but has been familiar with the charity for several years, having being a user of the charity herself. At age 7, her son Marcus lost much of his sight when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. He is now registered as severely sight impaired and is in remission from the cancer.

One of the things that Barbara found difficult when Marcus lost his sight was that he was no longer able to take part in some activities that he and his friends would usually do.

By chance, they came across the charity when they purchased some equipment and were encouraged to visit.

Barbara has found the charity to be a lifeline to her family. She hopes by actively continuing the Children, Young People and Families activities and events that she is able to provide the same lifeline to other families.

“I have first-hand experience of having a child that has visual impairment, I can relate to and understand what are families are going through.”