Any organisation is formed, influenced and representative of the people involved, and especially in the case of a people-focused charity like Sight Support Worthing. We’re planning to introduce you to a wide range of the people that make Sight Support Worthing the wonderful community it is. We’ll be chatting with members, staff, trustees and volunteers.
It’s with a volunteer that we kick the series off. Here’s Victoria, who has recently started volunteering for us.
Name: Victoria Gray
Where do you live: Shoreham-by-Sea
Have you always lived in the same place?
I was born in Shoreham-by-Sea and it has always been my home town, however I have also been at a residential school and college. I went away to study at New College Worcester from the age of 11 for 7 years. This is a school for the blind. After this I went to The Royal National College for the Blind for 2 years. I found it hard living away from home as I missed my family and I have always loved Shoreham-by-Sea.
How long have you been volunteering with Sight Support Worthing (SSW)?
I have only recently started volunteering. I would like to be involved in the things that SSW do as I am totally blind myself so I feel very passionate about meeting other people with sight loss and helping to make things accessible.
What activities (whether now or pre-Covid) have you enjoyed at SSW?
SSW have recently started running Chair Yoga sessions which I have really enjoyed. Yoga is very good for relaxation and I find I get a lot out of it because I struggle a lot with my balance which makes Chair Yoga the easiest form of Yoga for me to do.
Is there an activity or social group you’d like SSW to start?
Book Group where members could come together and discuss what they are reading.
Walking group where we could go for a walk and maybe get a pub lunch after.
Which of SSW’s other services or support have you used?
I haven’t used any other services but this is something I would like to do and as a volunteer I would like to help in any way I can.
What do you love about living where you do?
I love the community feel. It’s nice to live somewhere where people look out for each other. I also love living by the sea.
How do you spend your free time?
Socialising with friends
Tell us an amazing fact about yourself!
I have recently started helping to run a book group for the RNIB. It is the first ever group that I have helped to run and it feels like a great achievement. I sometimes get a bit anxious so being able to help run a group and bring people together is such a wonderful feeling and I love being able to help people to connect with each other.
Thanks, Victoria; how brilliant it is to have you on-board as a volunteer! Victoria’s input as someone with sight loss will be of great benefit to the team as they develop services and activities for members. Look out for Victoria when the Centre reopens in the coming months.
Are you a volunteer or member of Sight Support Worthing and would like to be featured in our interviews, you can email Emily.
Of course we’re always keen to welcome new members and volunteers. Do get in touch if you’d like to find out more.