I was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and have been a volunteer with Sightline around 5 years now. I chose to volunteer as I wanted to try and help someone else who is going through any challenges associated with sight loss.
I’d say I have good communications skills as I was raised with my family running a busy pub from the ages of 4 – 16 and I quickly learnt how communication skills can be a real asset!
I speak with a lovely young lady called Jessica who lives with her parents. We chat about all sorts but mostly about music, theatre and fashion. Jessica loves to go to the theatre so we always spend time chatting about the shows she’s recently been to in Manchester.
We also have a shared love of football; she supports Manchester United and I’m an Accrington Stanley fan. We have quite a lot of banter around our choice of football teams.
I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to lots of wonderful places across the world such as Thailand, Mexico, Barbados and Las Vegas where I drove a Ferrari! I always have a story or two to share about my time travelling.
If I had to think these weekly calls wouldn’t take place it’s fair to say I’d miss them and I’m sure Jessica would too.
The conversations are so varied we never get bored; we’ve recently been discussing my love of Punk Rock and the fact I sported a multi-coloured mohawk hairstyle back in my younger days!
Being a little bit older in age to Jessica enables me to tell her how I have adapted over time with my sight loss. It doesn’t mean my life has ended; it’s not as terrible as I feared it would be and I am still here and enjoying my life and she is doing the same too.
It really is so easy to volunteer; I’d recommend for anyone to give it a go. You really have nothing to lose; only friendship to gain.
Names have been changed to protect identity.
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