On the weekend of the 12th June Scarlett, Sonny and I were invited along to the Blind Children UK Family weekend, although I have attended events held by this charity in the past this was our first full weekend of action packed fun!
Aimed specifically at families with newly diagnosed children, this event gave families and their children the chance to all come together, make friends and chat with some great professionals who are employed by Blind Children UK to assist parent’s through the minefield of raising visually impaired children. There were a plethora of great staff members who held a great fountain of knowledge and a wealth of experience.
The hotel was very VI friendly and very accessible, set in the picturesque location right in the heart of the lakes. The hotel and the food were great and thank fully the sunshine graced us with its presence for the majority of our time away.
There were a whole host of families in attendance and it was great to catch up with some old friends that I have met at similar events along the way. The greatest part of this was to see how wonderfully the children of some old friends were developing. Particularly Charlotte and Joe. I have met them and their parents a number of times throughout the years and it was wonderful too see how well the two children were progressing. And I also got plenty of cuddles!!!! Charlotte and Joe not only have visual impairments but co-ordination and communication issues, but that certainly didn’t let that stop them! Masters in their own brand of Makaton the hardwork of their mum and dad shone through, these children didn’t need to be able to speak to have a voice.
Many of families who came along to the weekend had really young babies and it was great to see them there. Proactive and determined, these parents were truly inspirational, and it brought back all the memories of the first charity organised events I attended in the early days with Scarlett, keen to learn, dedicated to getting the best start for their very young children.
A great creche service was provided so that we could attend specific Mum’s and Dads’ workshops. Facilitated fantastically by the great Blind Children UK staff the relaxed informal discussion gave the parents a great atmosphere to openly discuss anything. Some parent’s really opened up and it was great to hear some lovely stories about the great work they were doing on behalf of their children.
All in all it was a lovely weekend, with great workshops, great activities and the nature of the weekend gave plenty of time from parent to parents discussion time. Long and short of it is, that’s where the true power of these types of weekend lie. I loved seeing all the children running around together and interacting. Parents remarked on how great the event was for their children’s confidence and they were fully embracing the social situation they were put in.
So thank you Blind Children UK for inviting us a long, Scarlett, Sonny and I had a fantastic weekend and would love to come back next year!