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Vision North West

FSC and Action for Blind People (Action) are working in the North West region of England to provide supoprt for young people aged 14-17 years, who have visual impairments.

The project starts in October 2012 and will run as a pilot for one year with funding from Big Lottery Reaching Communities programme. The aims of the project are that 12 young people with Visual Impairment (VI) will

  • increase their self confidence, improve their independent living skills and independent travel skills by taking part in project
  •  benefit physically (improved fitness) and mentally (maturity, self belief, determination, better judgements of risk) from taking part in outdoor environmental activities
  •  feel less isolated and alone and will gain new friendships and establish informal support networks from the other VI young people taking part


The project will offer the young people the opportunity of three weekends at FSC Castle Head in Cumbria which will be help to develop their skills, challenge their attitudes, build friendships and share coping strategies.  Action will continue to support these young people over the period of the whole year. The young people will be working towards attaining a John Muir Award.