From the launch of our ‘Get University Ready’ events to the announcement of LookFest ticket sales, we have hit the ground running at the start of 2020.
World Braille Day
We got started by celebrating World Braille Day with a new episode of the Look podcast. Kevin, Charlotte Elin and Chris got behind the microphone to discuss their experiences of learning braille and Kevin shared his knowledge about the life of Louis Braille.
World Braille Day also saw the launch of a virtual 5k, put on by #TeamLook London marathon runner Debbie Osborne.
Announcing LookFest tickets
We banished the January blues in the office when we announced the sale of LookFest 2020 tickets. Following the huge success of last year, we’ve been working hard to bring back our accessible family festival for 2020. Visually impaired young people and families are in for a treat; a fun-filled weekend packed with live entertainment, outdoor activities all under canvas in the heart of the beautiful Herefordshire countryside.
One parent who came to LookFest 2019 said:
“My children could relax, be free, make friends with other visually impaired children and meet truly inspirational role models.”
Youth Summer Camp at Jamie’s Farm
This summer we’ve joined with Jamie’s Farm in Herefordshire to offer a week-long youth summer camp for visually impaired 13-17-year-olds.
Launching our ‘Get University’ Ready’ events
This month, we launched the first of our ‘Get University Ready’ events, designed to give visually impaired young people considering university the chance to meet VI graduates and learn about the support available for disabled students. The first event happening in London is now fully booked but we are taking events further afield. The next one will be held at Winchester University on 7 April. Save the date, more details coming soon!
Collaborating on Hereford Family support
More locally to our office in Hereford, Mentor Project Officer Amy, convened a professional network meeting, which brought together sight loss organisations to discuss ways of working together to support visually impaired young people and families. The meeting was attended by representatives from Herefordshire Council, Vision Links, BBR Optometry, Marches Family Network, SENDIAs, Guide Dogs, Wye Valley NHS, Thomas Pocklington Trust, RSBC and RNIB. The meeting was a great success and a lot of positive action for working together in future came out of the meeting.
Online Safety Webinars
We were delighted to team up with Wise Kids, a charity promoting safe internet use, to put on free webinars for parents and visually impaired young people on #SaferInternetDay, 11 February. Facilitated by Dr Sangeet Bhullar from WISE KIDS, the webinars offer information about the online world and ways to stay safe online.
Safe and Savvy Online: Young people’s Webinar
When 11 February 18:00-19:15 (Online)
Who can attend: #VisuallyImpaired young people aged between 13 and 15 years?
Parenting in a Digital Age Webinar
When 11 February 20:00-21:15 (Online)
Who can attend: Parents or guardians of visually impaired young people?
On the road with Eye on Work Schools Workshops
LOOK team members Ruth, Elin and Chris, along with mentors Ben and Jen, went on the road at the end of January, to deliver Eye on Work workshops to visually impaired young people in Stockport, Manchester and Bolton. Our Eye on Work Workshops help visually impaired young people with presenting, interviewing, learning about Access to Work, and also focus on educating employers about your disability.