Overcoming isolation after sight loss: Deb's story
Friday, 15 June 2018
Overcoming feelings of isolation can be difficult for someone with sight loss, as Deb Wright discovered after contracting pleurisy and swine flu in 2009 which resulted in the loss of a significant part of her vision.
Deb took a positive step towards remedying her situation when, with the encouragement of a supportive group of friends, she joined her local library and found work there as a volunteer gardener.
This proved to be the start of journey that led her to pick up her favourite sport again, archery, through an event run by the library. Her exceptional talent with a bow enabled her to raise a substantial amount for Cancer Research, as well as setting a new national record score at a British Blind Sport competition.
“This all stemmed from an event at my local library,” Deb says. “Libraries are a great way to meet new people and help with social isolation. I would urge anyone in a similar situation to join and find out about activities and organisations that can be a real door opener.”