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Originally from Cornwall but now living in Cardiff, 58 year old Roz began volunteering for Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB) in the spring of last year.
Roz was diagnosed with macular degeneration 4 and half years ago and after finding help and support from the Macular Society, decided she wanted to give something back.
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.
Hywel Rees has been volunteering for RNIB Cymru for 4 years and is a Studio Reader in Cardiff. Studio Readers read and record books, magazines, and newsletters which blind and partially sighted people can listen to.
Life is full of print and the inability to read this can present significant barriers to leading an independent life. The team in Cardiff help with removing these barriers.
After losing her husband and finding out she had a visual impairment, Peggy Walters from Swansea felt she needed some support and was wondering what she could do to fill the loss of her husband. RNIB had just started a group in the library and Peggy thought why not?
“I like talking and making new friends. Making new friends in your 70’s is amazing! Soon after I joined RNIB I started volunteering”.
There is a significant community of visually impaired people living in all parts of Wales, but those in the more rural areas often face additional challenges in relation to public transport and getting around, and that’s where RNIB Cymru Online Today volunteer Linda Parsons from Pembroke in Pembrokeshire makes a difference.