Children, Young People & Families Support
Oxfordshire Association for the Blind supports visually impaired children, young people and their parents/carers and siblings.
We have a programme of events aimed especially at families with blind and partially sighted children and young people. These events enable the youngsters to try activities, often alongside their brothers and sisters, in a safe environment. Such activities in the past have included climbing walls, zip wires, ice-skating, trampolining and canoeing and help build confidence and encourage youngsters to face and overcome their fears. There is often also the opportunity for parents/ carers to chat and share concerns they have or to get ideas on how others do things.
Being visually impaired often makes cultural activities a challenge too. We work closely with the University Museums of Oxford to bring museum exhibitions alive through talks, handling sessions and crafts. Awareness of nature is enhanced through visits to gardens, arboretums and farms which usually involve some kind of handling, feeding or sensory sessions. For example, we have fed baby goats, handled chicks, touched snakes and lizards and fed meerkats. We have also arranged trips to the theatre which have involved touch tours enabling the youngsters to meet the cast and some of the major props before the show. One other educational activity but also really fun was to learn how to make ice-cream at G&D’s!
We are always open to other ideas for events so please get in touch with all your ideas and we’ll see if we can make it happen. Alternatively, you might have a question or a concern you would like to discuss. Or you would like to know of other events organised specifically for visually impaired youngsters. Our CYP Coordinator Laura Finnis would love to hear from you and help in any way she can. Why not join the mailing list to receive regular bulletins about OAB and other activities? Other useful information is included too. Contact us to find out more.
We look forward to hearing from you. Why not come and visit us in our offices? Or check out our events page to see what’s going on.