Unique positive opportunities for vision impaired children

Useful Vision children to design Run Geordie Run T-shirts

We are very excited to be working with Run Geordie Run to come up with a new T-shirt design! Vision impaired children will come up with their own designs at our next Skills Workshop in May. The T-shirts with our design will then be sold and all profits will be donated to Useful Vision. For more information, please click here.

Easter activities with Useful Vision

Vision impaired children and their families enjoyed Useful Vision’s activities during the Easter break.

The fun kicked off with Easter themed activities in the woods at West Boldon Lodge. Families enjoyed an Easter egg hunt and decorating rabbit masks using natural materials, while they boiled eggs over the camp fire. Children then planted unflower seeds, before heading back to the lodge to decorate their hard boiled eggs.

Children enjoyed equestrian fun riding horses and carriage driving at The Riding Centre for Special People. Children also had an opportunity to groom and paint horses, pet small animals and feed the goats and pigs.

Younger children visited tiny town for an afternoon of role play. They shopped in the supermarket, prepared lunch in the restaurant, styled hair in the salon and became a postal worker, police officer or member of fire crew in their vehicles and depots. Young doctors and nurses played out their roles, as did construction workers and the stars of stage and screen in the theatre. Jo Jingles was there to provide Easter themed musical activities to round off the play session.

Next were our skills workshops for vision impaired children. In our Northumberland workshop, children made pizzas from scratch and malteser traybake. In our Middlesbrough workshop, everyone took part in Easter egg decorating and gift wrapped them, as well as other Easter themed activities.

Our last activity was a family visit to Hall Hill Farm. Families watched lambs being born, enjoyed animal petting sessions with the rabbits, guinea pigs and newborn chicks and took part in bottle feeding the lambs. Tractor rides and donkey rides were also availableas well as play barn, sheep racing and puppet show.

Thank you very much to all of the volunteers, supporters and funders that have helped enable us to provide the activities. Thanks also to the staff and facilitators at the venues we visited for all of their help. And last but not least, a huge thank you also to all of the Useful Vision families that attended the activities, it was lovely to see you all.

We hope to see lots of families at our May & June activities. The full list of activities is on our website. Please contact the office on 0845 604 8491 or email office@usefulvision.org.uk to book a place.

Run Geordie Run

We are incredibly grateful that Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run has chosen Useful Vision as his charity to support during 2017.

He will be taking part in various challenges and activities throughout the year to fundraise for us.

Please click here to read his blog and find out more.


Bounce Preschool Group in Sunderland

Useful Vision hosted a Bounce session at Bede Tower in Sunderland. The session offers a chance to let off steam in the soft play area followed by Music Bugs activities. This month we had an Easter party, celebrating Spring by playing percussion instruments and singing themed songs.

The next Bounce session is on Tuesday 9th May, 1.30 – 3pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Many thanks to the staff at Bede Tower and Rachel from Music Bugs.

Family visit to Washington Wetlands

Useful Vision families enjoyed a lovely day out at Washington Wetlands. They experienced an educational guided tour of the wetlands which included exploring a bug’s life taking part in pond dipping, before watching the Otters being fed, the children got very creative in our exclusive craft and made their own micro garden and jungle themed pencil pots. Some families enjoyed a picnic while others took advantage of the onsite cafe. Families then had time to explore the grounds and feed the birds. Useful Vision would like to thank Joanne and her team for their support on the day.

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