VICS (Visually Impaired Children’s Support) was founded in 2006 by a group of parents, who had been running their own parents support group two years prior to the playgroup being formed, and who had expressed concerns over the lack of safe play facilities for their young blind and visually impaired children. As there was no other such service in the local area, it was decided that forming the playgroup would fulfill a worthy service to the local community and was officially formed.
It was imperative that playgroup would have to provide a safe environment with disabled access, and access to equipment that was adapted for use by the blind and/or the visually/impaired. We decided to approach the Accrington Blind Society, who had recently redeveloped and extended their social room, which seemed to tick all the boxes and we managed to secure a two hour slot to use the social room for us to run our playgroup.
VICS runs on fortnightly on a Saturday morning, from 10am-12pm. It is completely voluntarily run by Jane Dawson (Chair Person/Playgroup Leader/Parent) and the assistance of all the other parents of children who attend the VICS group.
We provide craft activities, music therapy, outings, parties, etc and have links with mobility and braille teachers. We have organised many charity events and fundraising days, to raise funds to continue our good work, and hopefully continue it for years into the future.