• The Award for Impact through Partnership
  • St. Vincent's School for Sensory Impairment
  • 2020
  • Liverpool, Merseyside

St.Vincent’s is a non-maintained, residential specialist school for young people with visual impairments (VI). Its creative curriculum challenges high VI unemployment and lower than average friendships which impact on health and wellbeing and nurtures creative strengths, channelling them into innovation.

Pupils at the school were concerned about the lack of access to equipment and technology for visually impaired children and individuals living in third-world countries and created ‘Sightbox, a container filled with equipment which provides blind and visually impaired children with the technology needed to access sports and have a more independent lifestyle. Sightboxes are shipped to many countries, and the children act as ‘trainers of the trainers’.

St.Vincent’s work includes ‘reverse inclusion’ where visually impaired pupils lead sessions for their sighted peers in other skills. This builds their confidence and breaks down barriers among the pupils on both sides. The school has gone on to work with Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool John Moores University and Manchester MMU University to expand on this work.