Children in Crossfire (CIC) and the Royal National Institute of Blind People, Northern Ireland (RNIB-NI) are hosting the Visually Impaired Volunteers in Development (VIVID) seminar with the support of Comhlámh.
Children in Crossfire and the RNIB-NI have been working collaboratively to engage young adults with visual impairments in volunteering in the Gambia during the summer of 2012. The idea originated from a focus group of visually impaired 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.  VIVID engaged 10 young adults with a visual impairment and 4 sighted support workers on a 10 week development education programme which culminated in an opportunity for 4 young adults and 2 support workers visiting the Gambia to volunteer with Children in Crossfire’s partner GOVI (The Gambian Organisation of the Visually Impaired).
The VIVID Seminar will take place on 27 November from 12:30 – 4 p.m. at the Carmelite Centre on Aungier Street in Dublin. It will provide an opportunity to:
  • Hear from Dr Richard Moore, shot and blinded by a British soldier when aged 10, who will speak about his work in international development as the founder and director of Children in Crossfire;
  • Consider recommendations from the VIVID research report;
  • Hear a first-hand account of the experience from Laura, one of the volunteers who received an All Party Group International Development Award for Outstanding Young Person on May 2013;
  • Consider challenges for engaging those with disabilities in volunteering;
  • Understand more about engaging people with disabilities in volunteering with appropriate support from relevant organisations.
To register for the event, please contact Caroline Murphy at or  (+44) 2871269898.