New Opportunities For Local Visually Impaired Children

21 June 2017

Blind and partially sighted children in Chesterfield and north Derbyshire will get the chance to be themselves and develop in confidence at a relaunched youth group.

Sight Support Derbyshire, the county’s sight loss charity, is boosting children and young people’s activities in the area thanks to a successful funding bid.

BBC Children in Need has awarded the charity a further £9,976 for the next 12 months after previously funding children and young people’s activities throughout 2016. This means Sight Support Derbyshire will be able to expand a range of exciting activities to help children reach their full potential and make new friends.

Chesterfield Youth Group launches on Thursday 6th July at the St Thomas Centre, Chatsworth Road, Brampton, from 5.45pm to 7.45pm. It is for visually impaired children and young people aged from 8 to 18. Siblings in the same age group are welcome too. The cost is £3.50 per child.

Laura Bennett, Sight Support Derbyshire’s Children and Young People’s Project Officer, said: “We can’t wait to be able to offer some great opportunities to blind and partially sighted children in the north of the county. We are aiming to meet regularly in various locations in the area, and the children will be involved in planning what we do. The first session is an African drumming workshop, which is always popular.

“The children get so much out of our activities. We encourage them to challenge their own ideas about what they are capable of, and they make friends who understand the daily challenges they face. We also run outings and activities in the school holidays for all the family.”

Anyone who is interested in the group can contact Laura Bennett on 01332 292262 or email


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