Volunteers’ Week 2021

This Volunteers’ week we  joined Thomas Pocklington Trust, Metro Blind Sports and London Vision to discover what volunteering has enabled our members to do and achieve!

They’ve worked tirelessly during Lockdown, campaigning on a range of issues; everything from improving e-scooter safety to raising awareness of the challenges visually impaired people faced accessing sport during the pandemic.

This week was all about thanking our members for their passion, time, and commitment and for our volunteers to share their stories of how volunteering has made a difference in their lives.

Charles Colquhoun CEO of TPT said:

“Our volunteers enable blind and partially sighted people to live the life they want to lead. I personally want to acknowledge the positive impact volunteers have achieved and say a heartfelt thank you to you all. We simply could not accomplish such positive outcomes or reach as many people without you. Many of our volunteers are blind or partially sighted and throughout this week of celebration, I am looking forward to learning more about what volunteering has enabled you to do.”

We asked our members to finish the sentence:

‘Volunteering has enabled me to…’

Read and watch their inspirational stories below:

Volunteering has enabled Sight Loss Council member Simon to make a difference:

https://youtu.be/mlhywf4KtpY

Volunteering has enabled Sight Loss Council member Meena to gain confidence:

Volunteering has enabled Sight Loss Council member Harriett to gain employment:

'Volunteering has enabled me to... gain vital skills to be successful in securing a role as a paediatric eye clinic liaison officer at my local children's hospital' – Harriett (SLC Member)

Volunteering has enabled Sight Loss Council member Gary:

"Volunteering has enabled me to make a difference" - Gary, Sight Loss Council Member

Volunteering has enabled Sight Loss Council member Ahmed to socialise and contribute to his community:

Volunteering has enabled Sight Loss Council member Paul to give back to others:

Want to join the Sight Loss Councils?

If you want to join our volunteers and work to influence positive change for blind and partially sighted people in your community, apply online to join a Sight Loss Council near you.

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