In this section we will bring you profiles of the volunteers who help CVV to really tick! Without volunteers, we would simply not be able to run the support groups and social clubs that we do throughout South Wales. To all our volunteers, and those who appear here, a big thank you for your tremendous support. We provide full support and training to volunteers, if you would like to get involved please Tel: 029 2048 5414.
Thanks to our success in setting up new services for people with sight loss in South Wales, we urgently need more volunteers to help us.
Doreen Wolfe started to lose her sight in 2002 and was registered blind in 2006, but it has not hindered her and husband Terry. They prove that getting involved with your local CVV group can give you a whole new social life.They play a full and active role as members of the CVV Penarth Club and are part of the Vale of Glamorgan County Steering Group,of which Terry is Secretary.
It was on a visit to the MIDEC centre (Merthyr Integrated Display and Equipment Centre) that Huw Harding finally discovered help was available. Now, as voluntary support services manager for VIM (Visually Impaired Merthyr), he is helping to expand that support for others.
If you live in Cardiff there’s a good chance you’ve already spoken to Liz Hutchings. Liz is often the voice on the Contact Line service which supports people newly registered as blind or partially sighted and keeps in touch with existing CVV members through regular phone calls.
Sian Watkins was a primary school teacher in Pontypridd for nearly 30 years before sight problems which started when she was 22 finally caught up with her. Sian now helps out as a volunteer in Rhondda Cynon Taff where CVV is developing activities, clubs and services almost from scratch.
Jackie Wilcox, who volunteers for CVV in Swansea, can look back on a lifetime’s devotion to working for blind and partially sighted people.