Mohammed Abbas Rashid is well known to people living with sight loss in Birmingham. He has volunteered for almost every sight loss organisation in the area and continues to love what he does. Mohammed has volunteered for the Sight Loss Council along with supporting the ECLO service through local society Focus Birmingham and he is also a fundraiser, speaker and mentor for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Across his various roles Mohammed has been volunteering for several years and for over 30 hours a week.

When asked about his motivation for volunteering, Mohammed says “I want to give back to my community and put a smile on someone’s face – that sense of achievement is something money can’t buy”. Mohammed’s commitment led to a national award for volunteering last year, the result of a campaign he ran to allow his Guide Dog into his local Mosque.

For his role on the Birmingham Sight Loss Council, Mohammed was keen to explore campaigns surrounding transport, accessible information and employment. He said “I want to change people’s perceptions about blind and partially sighted people. I want to champion the rights of people with sight loss and the Birmingham Sight Loss Council is a great and unique way to do this.”

Through volunteering, Mohammed has built his confidence and improved his prospects and as a result he started a full-time job with HMRC in June. Ultimately Mohammed’s goal is to become an ECLO so he can support more people on their sight loss journey using his own experiences.