Unique positive opportunities for vision impaired children

Useful Vision Activities

Useful Vision families have recently enjoyed a range of exciting activities, including:

Jarrow Hall – Travelling back in time to become Anglo-Saxon farmers.  A guided tour through Anglo-Saxon lives: visiting replica village and farm.  Feeding the animals, cooking delicious food on an open fire in the replica Anglo-Saxon village and enjoying storytelling and riddles. The session ended looking at traditional textile skills and making friendship bracelets. Thanks to Tom at Jarrow Hall for facilitating our visit.

The Pegasus Centre, Morpeth RDA – Exclusive riding and pony care experience. Children took part in two different sessions; Riding and Pony Grooming and Stable Management. It was the first time some children had ever been on a horse whereas others were more experienced riders. Once all children were familiar with their horses, they joined in the various games and enjoyed a pony trek outside. In the pony grooming and stable management session, children learned about what it takes to look after a horse. They were shown the various grooming equipment and given the chance to touch and feel it, as well as brushing the horses, preparing their dinner and filling hay nets. Afterwards, all children all received a Rosette for their hard work. Thanks to our volunteer Deborah for all of the help she provided at the activity, and to the experienced staff and volunteers at The Pegasus Centre, for making this activity so enjoyable for all of the children.

Druridge Bay – Families enjoyed a fun packed challenging time at Druridge Bay Country park. They took part in various water sport activities on the lake, learning new skills and gaining confidence on the water.  Everyone had the chance to have a go on the Stand-up Paddleboards, sit-on-top kayaks, canoes and sailing boats throughout the afternoon.  The session ended with everyone jumping into the lake. Thanks to all of the staff at Druridge Bay Country Park and Useful Vision Volunteer Kerry for their support on the day.

Bounce Preschool Group – This monthly preschool session at Bede Tower in Sunderland offered a chance to let off steam in the soft play area followed by music and movement activities facilitated by Music Bugs. This month children played percussion instruments and journeyed under the sea with colourful fish and lots of bubbles. Thanks to the staff at Bede Tower and Rachel from Music Bugs.

Squiggles N Giggles – Messy play session for Preschool children at Squiggles’n’Giggles in North Shields. Activities were based on under the sea. Children made jelly fish, as well as exploring different textures in their play such as rice and sand using fine and gross motor skills. The session ended with a story and songs. Thanks to Louise and Susan at Squiggles’n’Giggles.

Useful Vision Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator

Useful Vision are recruiting a Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator. For more information please see the documents below:

Person specification Vol Coord person spec 1.

Job Description UV Vol & Fundraising Coordinator. 3 job desc. 2docx

If you have any questions, please contact the office on 0845 604 8491 or email office@usefulvision.org.uk.

If you wish to apply, please send a copy of your CV and covering letter to rebeccawilson@usefulvision.org.uk or by post to Useful Vision, 29-30 Azure Business Centre, High Street, Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8LN.

Useful Vision Activities

Families enjoyed two activities over the weekend.
On Saturday, they visited Northburn Community Sports Centre for a Sensory Play Session. Children were able to let off steam in the ultra violet ball pool and soft play area as well as on the bouncy castle or chill in the sensory room, Seb and Olivia’s Den. There were also crafts, sensory trays with sand and jelly, small world play, musical instruments and much more.
On Sunday, families visited Whitehouse Farm. Children and adults were able to handle and feed a wide variety of animals from traditional breeds to more unusual and exotic species. There was a full programme of hands on activities including meeting mini beasts & reptiles, stroking anything from a skinny pig to wearing a tarantula in our exclusive petting sessions! There was also an opportunity to bottle feed lambs. Other attractions available to Useful Vision families included trampolines, bouncy castles, a doughnut ride, pedal tractors, go karts, panning for gold, play park, exclusive tractor ride and the Farmer’s Den soft play.
Thank you to the staff at Northburn Community Sports Centre and Whitehouse Farm. Thanks also to our Useful Vision volunteer Alex.

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Family Day at The Dolphin Centre

Useful Vision hosted a family day at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington.

Activities included petting a range of mammals and reptiles with Discovery Zoo, making zoom rockets and clay crafts with Creation Station and music and other sensory activities with Sensory Spaces. Vision impaired awareness demonstration from North East Vision Impairment Service and The Cool Science Party demonstrating different experiments including making slime and an amazing dry ice finale with explosions.
Many thanks to staff at the Dolphin Centre, our facilitators Discovery Zoo, Creation Station, North East Vision Impairment Service and Sensory Spaces. Also special thanks to Useful Vision volunteer Alex who supported on the day.

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Bounce Preschool Group in Sunderland

Useful Vision hosted a Bounce pre-school session at Bede Tower in Sunderland. The session offers a chance to let off steam in the soft play area followed by music and movement activities facilitated by Music Bugs. This month we played percussion instruments and journeyed into space sporting alien hats and used light-up props.

The next Bounce session is on Tuesday 6th June 1.30 – 3pm. Younger non VI siblings of VI school children welcome! We look forward to seeing you there!

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

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