The Norfolk & Norwich Association for The Blind
Children and Families
Welcome to our website page especially for Children and Families.
NNAB is pleased to offer its services to visually impaired people of all ages, their families, friends and carers. YoungEyes is the name of our group of young vision-impaired friends aged up to 18 years old and their families. To date we have over 150 young people on our mailing list who receive news about our events that are especially organised for them and their families. The support that families can give each other is also vital and if NNAB can facilitate this happening we are delighted. Our children's events are well supported by our families and also other related organisations.
We work closely with both The Children's Services Education Sensory Support Team (Virtual School Sensory Support) and also with The Social Services Sensory Support Unit.
This is a link to a video showing our work with Virtual School Sensory Support and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to support families of Early Years vision-impaired children.
At NNAB we have a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
The purpose of this policy is to ensure every child who uses our services is safe and protected from harm. Our service will establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure, are encouraged to communicate, are listened to and are safe. All adults who come into contact with children who use our services have a duty of care to safeguard and promote their welfare and everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. Please ask if you would like further information or would like to see the policy document and our Safer Working Notes
Working together with Virtual School Sensory Support is always such a valued opportunity for YoungEyes to engage in support for the children and young people in Norfolk who are vision-impaired. Together with VSSS we have hosted two Training Days for teaching and support staff from Norfolk schools in The Bradbury Activity Centre, one of these was for the specific subject of ‘Tactile Maths’ and one 'Access to Reading' which included print and braille.
The aim of these days was to raise confidence when teaching children with a visual impairment and to look at guidelines for modifying curriculum materials, including examinations. The days were very successful and were followed by a days exploring Life Skills.
YoungEyes News so far in 2017
Sailing Day on the Waveney Stardust
We had a great time, we sailed from Stalham with the Stardust Crew and made our way to Barton Broad where, guess what, we found Vee and her Ice Cream Boat! What a wonderful treat that was! We had a Play Camp on the Broadsedge Marina Green where we played and had our picnics while waiting for our boat trips. It was perfect weather too.
YoungEyes Samba Day August 4th
Saying thanks to Hej from Norwich Samba
We had a great noisy, fun day. Hej with members of the Norwich Samba Band and Bryony from Slanteddance led the fun in the morning while we created music and dance and Story Teller Liam Carroll told Caribbean stories in the afternoon. Lunch was enjoyed by all and especially the ice cream kindly given us by Ronaldo's Ices.
A SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Café was held on May 31st when parents/carers of a child or young person with a visual impairment were able to meet with a range of people able to guide them through the range of support and services available. There were staff from NNAB YoungEyes, Norfolk Local Offer and Virtual School Sensory Support, coffee and cake was available. There was also the chance to visit the Equipment and Information Centre to look at a range of gadgets to assist people with a vision loss.
The Cafe was very successful and we shall repeat this in the Autumn Term.
YoungEyes are ABBAtastic!
It didn't matter if you were dancing in a wheelchair or on two feet, Bryony from Slanteddance soon had YoungEyes folk bouncing along to the ABBA beat last Saturday afternoon!
By the end of the session we had learnt and performed a group dance to the music of Dancing Queen. Admittedly we improved in the second half boosted by cakes at half time and unlike a certain footie match not a million miles away..no red cards were needed and the result was lots of happy, smiling faces as you can see in the pic.
We then went to see Mamma Mia at The Theatre Royal and YoungEyes rocked in those aisles!
The costumes were amazing!
Lab Media Workshop
During the February half Term YoungEyes joined with VSSS to hold the 2nd of our Digital Music Making sessions with Will and Paul from Lab Media Education. It was a great afternoon and the resulting sounds and rhythms were amazing, with some emerging talent and skills definitely showing.
Well done everyone! We intend to hold another session later in the year and a whole project in the near future.
In January we went to see Jack and the Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal
Did we enjoy ourselves - oh YES we did as you can see from the pics! YoungEyes always has a good time at the Norwich Theatre Royal they are wonderful and let us handle the props and the costumes.
YoungEyes Christmas Fun 2016
Meeting Santa, Trucker Rob and Sue from the band.
Playing with the band
160 people came to our Party and we had great fun with The Abracadabra Magic Disco Party, made our own Star Decorations, decorated Christmas Biscuits, enjoyed a scrumptious Christmas Party Tea and welcomed Father Christmas and his friends, The Phoenix Pipes and Drums Band from Watton, the Eaton Harley Davidson Riders and Rob who brought Santa in his huge red truck! We are so lucky that lots of lovely people are always willing to help us and we say a BIG Thank You to them all.
The YoungEyes Santa Special Train on The Bure Valley Railway
Our train at Wroxham Station
Waiting for Santa on the station at Aylsham
We had a great trip with 21 families, 95 people altogether and the whole train was ours. At Aylsham we met Santa and had some tasty refreshments.
Both these wonderful Christmas Treats were funded by a very generous donation from Becks Motor Homes and all the YoungEyes families and staff are very, very grateful.
Alison and John from Becks Motor Homes came to our Glitter Party and we loved meeting them and sharing the afternoon with them.
Other Activities in 2016 !
A day on the Waveney Stardust
The summer holiday came to an end with a wonderful day of trips on the Waveney Stardust Cruiser and a play tent on the green at Horning.
Joined by our friends from SENSE, as you can see we had enormous fun!
A highlight of the trips was meeting an ice cream seller's boat on Salhouse Broad, how cool was that!!
NNAB and Blind Children UK working together held a Family Summer Party in the Bradbury Centre
It was a fun filled and informative day.
The sun shone and 60 people attended a great party. The buffet lunch and entertainment led by ACT 11 Theatre Company were very much enjoyed by everyone. It was great opportunity for families to meet together and make new friends.
Sally Freeman from Blind Children UK presents a Customeyes book voucher to the most helpful person on the day.
In the Bradbury Activity Centre
We had Half term FUN!
with Tom Blofeld from BeWILDerwood
BeWILDerwood is a wild and imaginative adventure park with magical treehouses and a hint of intriguing characters, bringing a curious difference to the Norfolk Broads.
The setting for the book, 'A Boggle at BeWILDerwood' by local children's author Tom Blofeld.
In the afternoon we learnt how to dance Bollywood style with Tina from Jaya Dance. In between we ate our sandwiches and ice cream.
Here are some of our other fun times together
A journey on the Poppy Line and time at Sheringham
Our seaside trip last year was a joint day out with Sense. We travelled from Holt to Sheringham on the steam train and then explored Sheringham, including the museum where some families completed the quiz, before our return journey. The weather was good to us and we had 52 in our party, a great time was had by all.
A day on the Wherry Norada with Skipper Bill and Crewman Jimmy.
We sailed from Wroxham to Salhouse Broad where we dropped anchor and ate our lunches while listening to Grace and Annabelle playing the onboard yacht piano. Sounds of ABBA drifted across the Broad!
The chance to steer the wherry was a great treat and expert steering got us back to Wroxham after a day out that we shall all long remember.
Summer End of Term Chill Out Party
We had great fun celebrating the end of term fun dancing with Sam and making our own icecream extravaganzas!
The girls playing 'air guitar' with their long canes!
Musical Mayhem! with Karl Gernert music teacher and performance drummer
We had a great time with 50 people taking part..we made quite a noise but we loved it, we were ready for our sandwich lunch together!
A World without Words
Our logo for the day was this little owl
and our thoughts were around this verse:
A wise old owl sat in an oak,
The more he heard, the less he spoke;
The less he spoke, the more he heard;
Why aren't we all like that wise old bird?
Following on from our 'World of Words' Day, we enjoyed a day thinking about a world where we communicate using less formal methods, for example; music, mime, taste, smell.
There was Story Teller's Workshop and a Drumming session, chocolate tasting, Craft (making super little owls!), dance with Slanteddance and lots of time to chat and make friends.
The day was organised by NNAB YoungEyes and Sense and we were delighted to welcome friends from Sense and their families.
Thank you to all these people who have made donations to YoungEyes
Beth the Brave helps YoungEyes!
Last November on a snowy, windy, rainy, very cold day Beth Cork a carer in TTH took part in the Norwich Half Marathon and kindly raised money to buy a special Talking Pen for YoungEyes. It is part of a multi-sensory Talking Phonics Pack and as you see in the picture includes a friendly frog puppet who helps to read the stories and play the games, he was a hit with Beth and I'm sure will be with Rainbow Sparks.
North Norfolk Radio Kids Trust Fund
A generous donation towards our Music and Drama Fund was presented to Dorothy by Chris Martin at the Radio Station recently. This was used to provide music and fun at our Rainbow Sparks monthly sessions in 2015.
A big thank you from all our Rainbow Sparks to all the station's listeners.
The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes
We were delighted to receive a very generous donation for YoungEyes from David Gaul representing the Norwich Edith Cavell Lodge of RAOB. The money raised by them has been used to purchase new toys, including switch activated toys and a sound responsive frog! It also enabled us to buy an iPad for our Rainbow Sparks Group and items for the Rainbow Sensory Room, it was also used to fund our 2014 Christmas Party. We are so grateful to them for supporting our work.
David, John and Justin came to one of our Rainbow Sparks sessions to present the toys.
Kitty raises money for YoungEyes
Kitty staged a magic show at her home in Norwich to raise money.
Kitty's little brother Seth regularly attends our under fives' mornings and Kitty comes with him when it is school holiday time. She is a great help.
Kitty used her favourite Moshi Monsters’ cards to demonstrate her skills, which proved to be just the trick, she raised £10.20 after charging family and friends to watch her perform.
We are very grateful to Kitty.
Kitty (below) presenting the money she raised to Dorothy Bowen, watched by her Dad, sister and little brother.
At the Pantomime Cinderella we had fun on stage as you can see!
We saw a performance of CATS and during the week before the performance we learnt Macavity's Dance with Bryony our dance teacher from Slanteddance. Here are some pictures.
At the Dance Workshop.
On the stage at the performance of CATS at the Theatre Royal.
wearing the mane of Rum Tum Tugger, the Curious Cat.
We went to see Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and it was AMAZING!
As you can see from the pictures we tried on head dresses on the pre show Touch Tour and looked at Joseph's Coat with Caroline, our Audio Describer, then sang along to the songs in the Show.
The 'World of Words'
This event was held in The Bradbury Activity Centre. It was a day devoted to exploring the different ways of making print accessible and fun and there was something of interest for all ages.
We welcomed Sight and Sound, Associated Optical and Dolphin UK who together with other organisations demonstrated technology including the iPad, large print books, audio options, braille and magnification. There were also sessions with Giles Abbott an award winning Story Teller and a chance to meet and chat to Teachers of the Visually Impaired from The Virtual School Sensory Support.
The Norfolk Library and Information Service, Young Calibre, Queen Alexandra's College Birmingham and The National Blind Children's Society also joined us for the day.
We were delighted that BBC Look East decided to feature the event on their evening programme and as you can see in the images our youngsters enjoyed their turn in the spot light!
Reading together. Ed being filmed by Look East.
Exploring the ipad. Being interviewed by Jo Taylor of Look East.
Rainbow Sparks Under 5's Group
Our Rainbow Sparks meet monthly for a fun session, held in the Bradbury Activity Centre. The little ones can play and have fun in the Sensory Tent and The Rainbow Room while the Mums have fun chatting, enjoying each others company with coffee and cakes.
Having fun with Musical Keys
Drumming up a storm! Joining in the fun!
Geoff from Musical Keys joins us each month and brings with him some amazing instruments and ideas, encouraging us all to play and to move to the music. We love having him with us.
If you have a little one who is vision-impaired under 5 you are very welcome to join us in The Bradbury Centre between 10.30am and 12pm, the dates for 2017:
May 25th, June 22nd, July 27th, August 24th, September 28th, October 26th, November 23rd
If you would like more information about YoungEyes, please contact Dorothy Bowen, YoungEyes Coordinator on Tel: 01603 629558 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org,uk