Action Activity Breaks

Action Activity Breaks are residential holidays for children and young people, aged 8-17 years, in mainstream schools who have sight loss. The main aims of Action Activity Breaks are for participants to spend time with others who are blind and partially sighted, to provide opportunities to increase independence, to extend social skills, but most of all to just have fun.

Actionnaires boy rock climbing

Who can apply?

Children and young people who:

  • are 8 to 17 years old.
  • have sight loss.
  • go to a mainstream school or college.
  • are UK residents.
  • are reasonably independent in self-care and mobility skills.
  • are keen to try new activities, make new friends and have lots of fun!

Previous experience of any of the activities is not important. Participants should just be prepared to have a go!

Dates and venues

Action Activity Breaks for 8-11 and 8-12 year olds

Whitehough Outdoor Centre, Burnley, Lancashire. Sunday 3 – Friday 8 August 2014 (8-11 year olds)

The Frank Chapman Centre, Bewdley, Worcestershire. Monday 28 July – Friday 1 August 2014 (8-12 year olds)

Action Activity Breaks for 10–14 year olds

Mill on the Brue Activity Centre, Bruton, Somerset. Tuesday 29 July – Saturday 2 August 2014

Mersea Outdoor Centre, Colchester, Essex. Monday 11 - Friday 15 August 2014

Action Activity Breaks for 12–17 year olds

Hagg Farm, Hope Valley, Peak District, Derbyshire. Monday 28 July –  Saturday 2 August 2014


The cost for Action Activity Breaks varies, depending on which week you apply for (not including travel to and from the venue). Cost includes:

  • Accommodation and all meals.
  • Trained staff support.
  • Transport during the week.
  • All activities, entrance fees and essential equipment.

Applying for a place

The closing date for applications is 23 April 2014

Download an application form

Our activity breaks are very popular and we receive many applications. You must apply directly to the Action contact for the break you would like to attend.

How are places allocated?

Priority is given to first time applicants. Action will try to ensure a balance of gender, ages and levels of sight loss and this will depend on the accommodation available at the centre.

It is essential to fill all parts of the form fully and accurately. Incorrect information could lead to a cancellation. Please ensure you provide as much information as possible so that we can plan suitable provision to support the needs of the activity break and ensure a safe and happy holiday for everyone.

Care and welfare

We pride ourselves on the high standard of policies and procedures. It is our policy to safeguard the welfare of all children on events organised by Action for Blind People. 

Frequently asked questions about Action Activity Breaks

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Action Activity Breaks appeal

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Further Reading

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