Supporting children born without eyes or with underdeveloped eyes

Teenage years can be confusing and complex. For a teenager with a MACS condition it can be especially difficult. The young people we support are often lacking in confidence and find it hard to make friends, communicate their feelings and develop the independence often taken for granted by their peers. At MACS, we provide a range of activities which aim to:

  • Improve confidence
  • Increase a sense of independence
  • Boost social skills and help young people to make friends and build relationships
  • Develop team working skills.

Our sailing trips

Every year, MACS, in partnership with the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, takes around 20 young people (aged 13-23) on a life changing voyage.

This seven day adventure fosters a huge sense of achievement in blind or visually impaired teenagers. A sail training boat really is one of the best places to build confidence; there’s nowhere to hide and getting involved is the only option!

Through sailing, the children learn teamwork, independence, communication, maths and nautical terms. They learn how to cook in a galley that’s sitting at a 50 degree angle! If they can do it there, they can do it at home.

And we've had plenty of feedback to demonstrate how valuable this experience has been...

"The difference in my child is astonishing; he went away as a timid boy scared to talk to anyone because of his eyesight and came back as a bubbly, outgoing person!"

"The best experience of my life. I didn't want to come home!"

Our adventure weekends

Aimed at a slightly younger age group (aged 10-17), our adventure weekends are designed to instil confidence and independence in children. Activities include canoeing, caving, zip wires and climbing. All children will be able to try out the activities and achieve things they never thought possible. 

The comments from our MACS children, show the overwhelmingly positive impact of these activity sessions...

"I have found out that I am brave."

"I am not going to worry about anything. I will try my best. I am not going to be afraid."

"I have found that I am pretty accurate at caving. I would like to do it again. I am going to talk to people more and spend less time on my own."

If you or your child would like to find out more about these activities, please visit our Members area.