I have lived at RNIB Community Living Service, Redhill since 1997

I have:

  • optic atrophy - a degeneration of the optic nerve fibres., which can lead to loss of clarity changes in the field of vision
  • congenital cataracts - a cloudiness in the lens of the eye, that I've had since birth, along with retinal detachment and a divergent squint of my left eye.
  • hydrocephalus -a condition in which fluid does not drain correctly from the brain

As well as this I have cerebral palsy which impairs control of my movement and I have a learning disability.

How RNIB Community Living Service, Redhill has helped

Despite all this, with the support of staff at RNIB, I have been able to develop my independence and can do things for myself that I didn't think I would be able to do - from making a simple drink to using my radio.

Now I can listen to music by myself

The team at Redhill helped me register for a free Concerto radio CD and tape player which I can use without any help from staff. I am so happy because I can listen to it when I want to and not worry about asking for support which feels great.

Trampolining expert

My mobility is good but I can only walk for short distances. In 2011, RNIB helped me to find a special exercise course called Rebound Therapy which offered support in core strength, balance and posture - all things that I had problems with.

I have been going to Rebound Therapy once a week ever since! In 2013, I was awarded the Winstrada aesthetic sports development grade one in trampolining, which I am very proud of. I am thankful to the staff who supported me to achieve this and I'm also really happy with the physical benefits of the therapy.

Come and visit us at RNIB Community Living Service, Redhill

If you liked Mark's story and want to find out how the Community Living Service can work with you, please contact us to book a visit: clsredhill@rnib.org.uk

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