The Wilberforce Trust

With Young Sight Loss in Mind

It has been a very stressful time for families with a visually impaired child over the last year or so. This project aims to support the whole family with a combination of inclusive therapeutic activities such as art or drama therapy with a view to reducing mood disorders and building resilience.

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Donations open 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1087065)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£12,000

Donations

0

Championed by Candis Club

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Mental HealthMental Health

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

Families who have a child with a visual impairment and siblings record lower levels of wellbeing as they juggle education, care and leisure for them all. There is a higher incidence of mood disorders and emotional problems among both parents and children and lockdown has reduced the confidence of the visually impaired children considerably. There is often a strain put upon the relationships within the family too leading to relationship breakdowns and high levels of stress.

Solution

On the request of the families involved in Club Wilber, we plan to run a series of activities for the children (including siblings) which aim to redress the balance. These will include art therapy, drama and music therapy and eco-therapy as well as activities such as yoga and mindfulness. These will all be run by trainers familiar with the challenges of visual impairment. Zoom meetings will be held regularly to get feedback and new ideas as we want this to be driven by our users.

  • The spirit of Club Wilber is amazing. It's good for parents to get together, it's great for the kids to know they are not alone in sight loss and it's great for siblings to know others the same as them"

    — Club Wilber parent

  • My son, Kieran, 10, is blind and it makes everyday life quite tough. It can be very isolating and not many people truly understand. When we found Club Wilber, we were so happy. Finally, a place where we are accepted. They have got us through lockdown with their amazing support and activities"

    — Club Wilber parent