VIVID originated from a focus group of blind and partially sighted young adults in Northern Ireland who expressed their wish to use their skills and experience in an overseas development context but felt opportunities for this were greatly limited.
In partnership with RNIB-NI, VIVID engaged 10 young adults and 4 sighted support workers on a 10-week development education programme which culminated in an opportunity for a number of participants to visit the Gambia where they would have a volunteer with the Gambian Organisation for the Visually Impaired (GOVI).
VIVID has been highly successful in advocating for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in volunteering opportunities. In recognition of her work, Laura Mc Cauley (to the right) a programme participant, was awarded the Northern Ireland All Party 2013 International Development Award for outstanding Young Person’
5 Star Disability Challenge
Watch volunteer Feargal facilitate inclusive sports for children in the Gambia.
A Personal Journey: Laura’s Story
A Vision for Volunteering: http://www.comhlamh.org/2013/11/vision-volunteering/
Voluntary Service International (VSI): http://www.vsi.ie/