About Emily_VICTA

Design and Communication Officer at VICTA.
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Making a Spring Tree

We have invited spring into our home with an Easter tree! We cut a branch of the prettiest smelling blossom we could find (with permission!), and then made our own base using plastic cups, stones from the garden and tin foil. You can let your imagination run will with your decorations, we brought some good value chicks and eggs from a local craft shop and made good use of our glue gun. The kids made the plans for the decoration but of course a grown-up will need to use the hot glue gun. We plan to add to it with pressed … Read more

Scarlett’s Sunflower Race 2017

We had so much fun with our sunflower race last year and are excited to be launching it once again. We will be measuring our sunflowers slightly differently this year by comparing their height with a set series of household items. All will be revealed when you receive your entry packs! We will be asking you to share your photos once your flower reaches each of the marker heights. The sunflower to reach the final marker first will be victorious! There will be a prize for the winner and also some runners up treats for the families who share the most photos. … Read more

Accessible Science Outings

Inspired by British Science Week we have been scouring the internet for accessible Science Centres for young people who are blind or partially sighted and their families. We found a few events which sound fantastic, such as special events at the Science Museum in London. We also a few venues which didn’t offer a lot of information online for visitors with a visual impairment. Here is our summary of what we found, please add any we have missed in the comments or let us know if you have visited any of the mentioned venues and what you thought! It would also … Read more

Imogen and her Magical Cane

To celebrate World Book Day we wanted to share with you this beautiful book written by Imogen James, one of the winners of the ‘It’s your story’ competition with Access2books. Imogen’s magical story about a little girl who finds magic in the world through her rainbow spreading cane called ‘snowball’ has now been produced as an accessible book for families to enjoy. Snowball helps Imogen to find an amazing object which leads her on a big adventure! The book has been published by Access2Books in dual large 75 point print and Braille (including picture descriptions) format, there are also beautiful … Read more

Ideas for making elf on the shelf accessible for children with a visual impairment

It is the time of year when all of Santa’s little helpers are scouting homes to find out who is being naughty or nice! If you are planning to bring an elf to your shelf this year have a look at our list of ideas for making it fun for everyone in the family and to include little ones who are blind or partially sighted in the magic. If you try any of them out make sure you let us know how you get on, we will be sharing a few picture too in December.   Jingle the bells! Strings of … Read more

VICTA Christmas Competition

Decorate our VICTA Christmas tree for treats! For a few years now our VICTA Christmas tree has been looking a little sad and we need your help to spruce it up this year! We are running a competition in which we would like children of all ages to make a decoration to send in to us. We will then be decorating our tree throughout December and sharing photos on our website and social media for you all to see. There will be prizes for first, second and third place and a little treat for all the runners up to say thank … Read more

Spring Activity – Easy Fish Wind Chime

Wind chimes are a great sensory addition to a garden or outdoor space – we wanted to make one with as little cutting, hole-drilling and sticking as possible… here is how we got on! 1. We collected up lids from shower gel, bubble bath and shampoo bottles – anything with a ready-made hole in it! We even kept the hook from a shower gel bottle to use as our wind chime hanger.    2. I asked my daughter to sort the lids into size order. Lined up they start to take shape as the fish’s body. We chose one with a … Read more

Volunteer for VICTA Children

Can you help VICTA support children and young people who are blind or partially sighted? At VICTA we run a busy calendar of activities throughout the year which promote independence and confidence in the children and young people we support. These activities wouldn’t be possible without the help of our fantastic volunteers and we are currently looking for new people to join our volunteer network. There are many fantastic volunteering opportunities on offer ranging from supporting in our creche at the early years weekend to helping on international trips. In particular we are currently looking for volunteers aged 18 or over to … Read more

The Great Sunflower Race

To mark the first signs of Spring on Friday 25 March 2016 (Good Friday) we at Through Scarlett’s Eyes are launching ‘The Great Sunflower Race’. This online event is open to all who wish to participate! Unfortunately the date has passed to apply for seeds in the post but you can still join in. You can download our planting instructions and sunflower grow chart below. Download the Sunflower Grow Chart Download the Planting Instructions To take part in this great spring spectacular we would like you to post photos and share your measurements on our ‘sunflower score days’ so we can keep track of … Read more