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.

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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.

What is available for my child or the family?

We run the following services:

  • Actionnaires multi-activity clubs.
  • Day events for children.
  • Transitions Day events for young people
  • Day events for families.
  • Family weekends.
  • Residential opportunities for children
  • Residential opportunities for young people (14 to 17 years and 18 to 25 years)
  • Information and advice for parents.
  • Information and advice for young people.

What is on offer at an Actionnaires club?

Actionnaires clubs are multi activity clubs for four to 16 year olds (under  eights are welcome but need to be accompanied by parents). The clubs offer a range of activities  which include music, drumming, ten pin bowling, art, danceswimming, athletics, basketball, goal ball, judo, pizza making, and lots more.

All activities are organised to ensure children can take part regardless of their vision..

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.

Day events

We offer 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, family fun days, skiing, attraction visits, watersports and music workshops.

Family weekends

Our family residentials provide a great 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.

Activity breaks for children

Over the past 20 years RNIB (and more recently Action) have run activity breaks for eight - 17 year olds. These residentials are very popular and we will be continuing to offer these opportunities. Our residentials range from 1 to 5 nights and offer fun and exciting activity programmes, providing the opportunity to increase personal independence, life skills and social skills. 

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. Read our commonly asked questions for more advice.

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