I decided to volunteer as I wanted to do something positive in the community where I live and help someone to enjoy a better quality of life.
I volunteer for Deafblind UK, an organisation that provides support for people that have both eyesight and hearing problems. I am matched, or befriended, with a deafblind person who needs help with getting out of their home. I visit this person on a regular basis to take them for a walk around the local area, visit a cafe or help with some basic shopping.
I like working with my Deafblind UK Coordinator, Sue. She is regularly in touch to check how things are going, provide information that I might need as a volunteer and organise social meet-ups for volunteers where I can meet my peers.
I enjoy the social aspect of volunteering, where I am able to help the person get outside and enjoy walks, as well as explore and learn about the area where that person lives.
I admire the spirit of deafblind people and their positive attitude to life. They stay happy and try to enjoy life as much as possible, cheerful despite the constraints put on them by their condition.
I think volunteering can be mind-changing, even if done as a one-off thing. It helps people from a very different walk of life and makes their day more cheerful.
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