Information for parents
We know how important it is for children and young people to have a broad range of opportunities to develop skills, make friendships, share thoughts and ideas, develop independence and to feel confident in new situations.
What do Action for Blind People offer?
We offer a wide range of safe and accessible activities run by experienced staff who understand the needs of blind and partially sighted children and young people.
Children often take the skills and confidence they gain from an Action activity to participate more fully in school or community clubs and sport.
What is available for my child or the family?
We run the following services:
- Actionnaires multi-activity clubs.
- Day events for children.
- Day events for families.
- Family weekends.
- Residential opportunities (children) – weekends or week.
- Parent support groups.
- Young people support groups.
- Independent opportunities (including residential) for young people.
- Information and advice for parents.
- Information and advice for young people.
We offer different activities, however the frequency and number will vary in different regions. This may be due to geographical issues or just down to the fact we haven’t been able to grow quickly enough! However new initiatives and projects are always under development - keep a look out on the events calendar on the website.
What is on offer at an Actionnaires club?
Actionnaires clubs started as sports clubs for eight to 16 year olds (under eights are welcome but need to be accompanied by parents). Over 16 year olds are also welcome and are encouraged to take on a leadership role.
The clubs have a strong element of sport but we realise that there is a need to offer a range of activities to suit a range of children. So we have broadened the offer to include activities such as music, drumming, ten pin bowling, art and dance. There is also a broad range of sports on offer – swimming, athletics, basketball, goal ball, judo and lots more.
All activities are organised to ensure children can take part regardless of their vision. Clubs have adapted sports equipment and it does not matter what level of sporting ability your child has.
Action works with organisations such as Sports National Governing Bodies and community clubs to provide pathways for children to continue their interests outside of the clubs.
A close friend or siblings are welcome to attend with your child. It is also an opportunity for parents to meet with others and stay for a chat if they wish.
Each region offers a range of day activities. These might be open to the whole family or specifically for children or young people. A wide range of events take place across England including theatre trips, off road driving, dry slope skiing, arts day and music workshops.
Action runs six family weekends a year and this offers a unique opportunity to meet other families. On offer will be activities for the children and at the same time a chance for parents to ask questions of professionals / speakers. There is always time built in for a range of family activities and plenty of fun. These are organised by each regional children and family coordinator.
Residential for children – week or weekend
Over the past 20 years RNIB (and more recently Action) have run residential activity weeks for eight - 17 year olds. These vacation schemes are very popular and we will be continuing to offer these opportunities. Action are looking to offer shorter two night residentials for the younger age range, and continue the five/ six day offer for the older group.
Parent support groups
There are a number of parent groups for those with children under five years of age. This is a chance to chat with other parents in a relaxed atmosphere over coffee while your child can play in a safe environment with staff to support. These are often at one of our Action or RNIB regional offices.
Young people support groups
Action now have regional transition coordinators who are looking for input from young people aged 14 – 25 to find out what support or opportunities they would like us to have on offer. This might be day events, peer support, social networking, volunteering, work experience or just a chance to be more independent. We need young people to engage with Action – contact us to let us know what you want!
Residential and independent opportunities for young people
Action is currently exploring opportunities for 16+ age group and there are number of weekends on offer this year. Please look at the regional events calendar or get in touch with the regional transition coordinator.
Information and advice for parents or young people
Action can offer advice on education issues, benefits, housing, disabled students allowance, employment, local leisure opportunities and support with information about other organisations or services that may be able to help you.
Where to get help
If you need advice about children, young people and families then please contact your local Action team and they will put you in touch with someone who can help.
A range of children, young people and families resources are also available including activities, information for families and education.
Action Activity Breaks appeal
Make a donation online today and help children and teenagers develop their skills and build their confidence.
We believe that blind and partially sighted children should have access to a wide range of opportunities. Find out more about our Action Activity Breaks appeal and what you can do to help.