Rhian Jones now from Barry, but originally from Brynaman, volunteers for RNIB Cymru as a Welsh speaking studio reader.
Rhian reduced her working hours and was looking for ways to use her spare time and chose voluntary work:
“In her later years my mother suffered sight loss and I remember her distress at no longer being able to read, so I looked up the RNIB website to see if there was any way I could help others who also have poor sight.
“I’ve now been a volunteer for about two years and my role involves reading a huge variety of reading materials, both in English and Welsh. I have read children’s books, adult books and magazines covering a wide range of interests
“I enjoy the opportunity to read materials that I may not normally read and it is certainly broadening my horizons. I also enjoy visiting the Cardiff office and learning more about the work of the RNIB and making new friends along the way.
“I hope my role is making a difference to people who cannot access one of the greatest joys of life – being able to gain information or merely relax and enjoy the written word. As a former teacher, I know the joy experienced by young children when they first become “readers”, and I hope I’m enabling blind and partially sighted people to experience that same joy.
“I get a sense of satisfaction of “a job well done” when we have recorded a book or magazine. It makes me feel that I have not wasted away my spare time, but that I have used some of my leisure time in doing something productive; a very satisfying feeling.
“I have also gained a greater understanding of the challenges faced by blind and partially sighted people in a world which is more and more dependent upon being able to read, for example road signs, bus timetables and menus in restaurants. I hope this understanding has made me a more tolerant, caring person.”
If you are interested in volunteering for RNIB Cymru click on https://www.rnib.org.uk/volunteering
Contact: Richard Timothy Bilingual Communications Manager on 02920 828563 or [email protected].