iWill is our brand new mentoring and engagement programme for visually impaired young people (10-16) in Herefordshire and the surrounding areas. It’s part of the wider iWill movement that supports and empowers children and young people to make a positive difference on the issues that affect their lives, their communities, and broader society.

Through a range of workshops, activities and social events, the project is an opportunity to embrace new skills, explore self advocacy and identify what’s truly important as VI young people, with the aim of boosting confidence and increasing participation in local communities.

We’ll learn about speaking confidently both in public and online spaces, body confidence and more – putting what we’ve learned into practice by participating in real-world activities. The programme will also be supported by visually impaired young adults, selected to be strong role-models.

By the end of the programme we’ll have grown our communication skills, and understand the different ways to get our voices heard. This is immersive, real world learning with plenty of opportunities to get stuck in. We’ll be recording podcasts, raising awareness of VI issues, engaging with local community projects, and finding our own paths towards becoming strong, motivated and well-rounded individuals – learning new skills and building new friendships along the way.

The programme runs from February – September and takes place in Hereford. Find the workshop plan below.

We invite you to bring a friend along so you can learn together and bounce ideas between one another, just let them know about the project and get them to sign up too!

Click on the blue button below to express your interest in taking part. You can sign up on behalf of a VI teen living in Herefordshire and surrounding areas.

Thanks to the Herefordshire Community Foundation and EF Bulmer Trust for funding this exciting programme.

Workshop Plan

February 

Session 1: How to be heard

Aim: hearing from VI role models about how they are using their voice effectively in their communities. 

Facilitator: Matt Allcock The Wobbly Gamer Accessibility in Gaming Consultant, a 2nd speaker

March

Session 2: Finding my voice

Aim: exploring what self-advocacy can look like for different people and how to identify what is important to you.

Facilitator: UCAN running a creative workshop on this

April

Session 3: Can you hear me?

Aim: learning public speaking and interview skills, putting self-advocacy skills to practice by planning and recording a short podcast introducing themselves and their interests.

Facilitator: visit to BBC radio Hereford and Worcester / Dave Williams

May

Session 4: Engaging the public

Aim: To engage with the public at The Hay Festival to raise awareness of VI and accessibility

Facilitator: Hay festival

June

Session 5: My voice and my body

Aim: Develop body confidence and body awareness, learning about power posing and other strategies

Facilitator: Ruth Hay

July

Session 6: Making and Sharing

Aim: Making baked goods that can be donated to a local source e.g. nursing home or hospice 

August

Session 7: Wellbeing

Aim: Learning the skills and responsibility of caring for others, the therapeutic benefit of spending time with animals

Facilitator: RDA session on pony care

September

Session 8 Celebration!

Aim: To treat the group to a party! Pizza and bowling