Problem Solving, Team Building and Cooking your own lunch!  

4 young people from Southampton Sight spent a very cold and windy Saturday at Woodmill Activity Centre last week. It was a wonderful opportunity to problem solve and work together to build bridges, make fire, scale and gut a fish and of course cook their own lunch.

Gutting the fish

Making fire

Whilst having fun our youth workers are also encouraging our young people to think about their future, their careers and aspirations

The Young Vision Alliance made up of parents, young people with vision impairment, and supporting organisations, aims to ensure all children receive an equal standard of education – regardless of their sight.

There report Our Futures Matter found that:

  • 1 in 3 local authorities cut their spending on services for children and young people with vision impairment over a 12-month period from 2016/17 to 2017/18
  • Over a third of local authorities who had provided comparable data for 2017 to 2018 saw a decrease in the number of qualified teachers of children and young people with vision impairment (QTVIs).

The number of children with vision impairment is very low compared to other disabilities, and they also have very specific high needs. It is therefore unrealistic to expect generalist teaching staff to have the expertise needed to support them effectively. The need for specialist expertise is essential to ensuring positive educational outcomes.

The impact of not having the right support can be profound:

  • Young people with vision impairment are twice as likely to not be in employment, education or training as the general population.
  • The proportion of registered blind and partially sighted people of working age in any form of employment has dropped from one in three in 2005 to around one in four in 2015.

It is vital that action is taken to ensure that children and young people with vision impairment must receive the support they need to reach their potential.

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