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Vision England Residential Programme

Please be aware that the deadline for applications is 28th February 2018

Why sign up?

  • Three fun-filled residentials over a year.
  • Supported by an amazing team of staff experienced in working with young people with vision impairment.
  • You shape the activities you do, which may include conservation activities like coppicing and tree planting, and other activities like wildlife walks, bush craft, hiking and camping.
  • Opportunity to gain a John Muir Award certificate (environmental award scheme).

Who can apply?

You must be:

  • able to attend all residential dates for your chosen venue
  • blind or partially sighted
  • at least 14 years old on 1 April 2018.
  • aged 17 or under on 1 November 2018.
  • reasonably able to maintain your own personal hygiene and routine.
  • Willing and physically able to camp outdoors in the summer and take part in set outdoor activities designed as a group.
  • willing to undertake small tasks at home that will lead you towards obtaining the John Muir Award.


You can only attend the Vision England programme once, to allow more young people to benefit from the programme.

What does it cost?

Just £25 for three residentials and introduction day.

How are places allocated?

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, however, young people aged 17 years will be given priority. We aim to get a mix of gender, ages and levels of ability, and will accommodate all medical and physical needs where possible. All places are assessed on an individual basis. We reserve the right to withdraw an offer of a place.

Dates and venues for 2018

Castle Head, Cumbria

  • Introduction day: 3 March 2018. Venue TBC
  • Residential 1: Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 April
  • Residential 2: Wednesday 29 August to Saturday 1 September
  • Residential 3: Saturday 20 to Monday 22 October

Preston Montford, Shropshire

  • Introduction day: 24 February 2018.  Venue TBC
  • Residential 1: Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 April
  • Residential 2: Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 August
  • Residential 3: Friday 26 to Sunday 28 October

Juniper Hall, Surrey

  • Introduction day: 3 March 2018.  Venue TBC
  • Residential 1: Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 April
  • Residential 2: Sunday 19 to Wednesday 22 August
  • Residential 3: Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 October


Sign up today!

To sign up, for more information, or if you’d like this leaflet in a different format, contact us:

  • Call Phil Wagstaff, Vision England Project Officer on 07894 598766
  • Email
  • Visit
  • RNIB Helpline 0303 123 9999

Please find Leaflet and Application Form attached.