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'Minds in Sight' virtual forum for young people with vision impairment

Vision Support, Henshaws and The Royal Society for Blind Children are inviting vision impaired (VI) young people aged 14 to 30 who want the chance to make a difference both in their own lives and in their community to the 'Minds in Sight' virtual forum on 26th September.

An EU funded Erasmus project, 'Minds in Sight' is bringing together these three organisations who work with VI children and young people in England and North Wales with the aim of getting their voices heard in a way like never before. There will be a number of events throughout the year, which will enable young people to meet with influencer/decision makers from a range of sectors to discuss their views on the things that matter to young people today with the goal of influencing change in local and national services and policies.

Meetings will be organised around particular themes: democracy & participation, youth services and employment all linked by understanding how these themes can impact on the mental wellbeing of VI young people today, and through the meetings’ discussions share ideas and recommendations for improving how organisations engage with VI young people. Representatives of relevant organisations will be invited to inform the young people about their organisation, their role within the organisation and how decisions are made, to listen to the young people’s views and to engage with them in a dialogue. It is hoped that the project will build and increase the confidence of young people, and improve their communication, decision making and influencing skills. In turn, the participating organisations will gain new understanding of the needs of young people at local and national levels.

The theme for the event on 26th September is 'Democracy and Participation'. For more information, contact Vision Support on 01244 381515 or email kbenn@visionsupport.org.uk.


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