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 2018
YoungEyes Snowman Christmas Party
There were 130 guests at this year's party and lots of actvities to enjoy including icing a snowman biscuit, having your face painted, there were lots of elves and snow people about and putting together your own goodie bag.
DJ Drew led the games and dancing and there were lots of prizes, party tea was delicious and then of course the noisy arrival of Santa in Rob's truck with Harley Davidson outriders and the Phoenix Pipes and Drums Band. A great afternoon was had by all!
The YoungEyes Santa Special Train on The Bure Valley Railway
Our train at Wroxham Station
We had a great trip with 18 families, 80 people altogether and the whole train was ours. At Aylsham we met Santa and had some tasty refreshments. A magical, brilliant day, thanks to Bure Valley Railway staff.
A visit to Happisburgh Owls
We had a wonderful time with Sandra at Happisburgh Owls, what a privilege to get up close to her wonderful owls.
YoungEyes on the Broads
We had some wonderful trips out last summer holiday on both The Waveney Stardust and The Wherry Olive and the sun shone all the time!
The Wherry Olive with the YoungEyes sailors on aboard.
YoungEyes Summer Holiday Show Day
On a very hot day and led by Bryony and Mark from slanteddance, a YoungEyes group worked very hard writing songs, devising dance moves to put together into a mini show which they perfomed in front of an audience later that same day. It was fantastic and deserved the loud and long ovation that followed.
Jungle Book at The Theatre Royal
On our Touch Tour before the performance we were delighted to meet with the Production Manager and Mowgli the puppet used at the beginning of the show.
Easter Disco Party
We had a great time with DJ Andy and The Dynamo Roadshow, the Easter Bunny was named, Hot Cross Buns were enjoyed and some wonderful dancing was seen! The party games had everyone joining in, especially with the Hokey Cokey...a YoungEyes favourite.
We started the year with a visit to the Pantomime at Norwich Theatre Royal, oh yes we did!
Sleeping Beauty was enjoyed by everyone and one of our party even became a star on stage with Mrs Midges and Muddles!
The group on stage with Stephen Godward who played Lord Norbridge
February Half Term Activity Day
Bryony from Slanteddance led a Fun Exercise Session suitable for all ages.
Cheerleading moves complete with Pompoms.
Digital Music Workshop
NNAB and Virtual School Sensory Support together with Laboratory Media Education ran a workshop with Paul and Will on music technology and composition with a performance at the end of the session, it was great. Mums took part too!
YoungEyes Samba Day
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.
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 one 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!
Here are some of our other fun times together
A journey on the Poppy Line and time at Sheringham
We joined our friends from SENSE for a seaside trip travelling from Holt to Sheringham on the steam train and then exploring 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.
Geoff from Musical Keys joins us each month at Rainbow Sparks 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 2019:
January 24th , February 28th, March 28th , April 25th , May 23rd, June 27th , July 25th, August 22nd, September 26th, October 24th, November 28th
If you would like more information about YoungEyes, please call 01603573000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org