Social & Recreation 13-21
Gardening Skills (IGD)
Provided by Irish Guide Dogs this residential programme is suited for both novice and experienced gardeners. Practical and hands-on course. Local gardening experts, sensory garden options, learn skills on planting seeds, potting, making floral displays, adaptive skills.
This is a 4-day programme with accommodation provided on our campus for people aged 16 years and older.
Step Up – a training programme for transition from secondary to college for young people incl info on access rights, ATMs, campus services.
Visionaries School of the Arts
The Visionaries School of the Arts is a Fighting Blindness quality of life initiative that offers people an opportunity to explore their creativity. It’s a unique learning environment specifically designed for people who are visually impaired and blind. The School’s ethos emphasises enrichment through engagement with the arts as a way of exploring and expressing one’s unique creativity.
The school facilitates the teaching of music to students of all ages who are living with sight loss. Currently we offer classes in piano, guitar, clarinet, tin whistle and flute. Depending on demand we also provide classes on creative writing, art-making, comedy improvisation and music appreciation.
The Visionaries Choir is part of the School and, under the direction of Frank Kelly, made its debut at the Fighting Blindness Retina Conference in November 2015. They have since built on that success with summer concerts, carolling and yearly appearances at the Dublin International Choral Festival. The choir is always open to new members.
The Visionaries School of the Arts runs every Saturday in Dublin city centre. Small fees apply for certain classes. For more information on how to get involved, please call 01 674 6496 or email .
NCBI Social and Recreation
NCBI hosts a range of peer support and activity groups nationally, including new referral groups, advocacy groups, book clubs, IT support, and can additionally provide links to local sporting clubs in your local area, or advice and information to community services to support individuals with sight loss.
NCBI also provides a number of day and residential events for young people (aged 12 – 18) which have a strong focus on learning independence skills through physical, social and leisure activities. These events are run via NCBI Centres nationally.
For more information on NCBI’s Social and Recreational Offering or how we can help you, please contact NCBI on (01) 830 7033.