Post date: 
Sunday, 29 July 2018

"In 2015, one week after graduating, I began working as a volunteer counsellor for RNIB in Belfast.

Collette Kerr smiling to camera. A gold bar spans below the photo

"From day one I felt at home. No detail was left unobserved in helping me settle in, or in assisting me with accessing day to day paperwork; something largely overlooked in large organisations, but greatly appreciated by people like myself who have sight loss. Meeting people through counselling, including those who have lost their sight suddenly or have severe sight loss, was a special experience. Many were in a scary place, others felt life was over. Through working together, we began to restore hope for the future. Each week, clients visibly grew in confidence, shoulders rose and heads lifted. Little seeds of their new life were planted and gently encouraged to take root and bloom. I was privileged to be present at these times. I’m now a Sight Loss Counsellor with RNIB’s Need to Talk Project."

Find out more about Need to Talk, available in Northern Ireland, the border counties of the Republic of Ireland or Western Scotland. Our Sight Loss Counselling Team also covers all four nations, offering its service over the phone and online.