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Callum Rolf Wins 'Volunteer of the Year' at Founders Day Awards

Date
27 March 2013 12:00

Congratulations to 18 year old Callum Rolf who has been awarded the 'Volunteer of the Year' in the Blind Veterans UK Founders Day Awards.

Congratulations to 18 year old Callum Rolf who has been awarded the 'Volunteer of the Year' in the Blind Veterans UK Founders Day Awards.

Callum spoke to us about his experience of volunteering at Blind Veterans UK and said: "I got involved with Blind Veterans UK just after I finished school - I was looking for a job and my mum suggested that I volunteered here to help me get employment. I enjoyed it so much, that I stayed on. I've been volunteering with Blind Veterans UK for about two years now.

"I enjoy interacting with the members and the social side of it. It's really good just talking to them. I come in evenings at the moment, and do the bingo on a Monday helping the staff. I sometimes do the quiz on a Friday evening as well when I can fit it in around my job.

"I have actually applied for a health and social course at college next year, because I want to try and get into care work now. Volunteering at Blind Veterans UK has actually helped me decide what I want to do as a career. It's not something that I would have considered before, and it's only in the last two years that I have discovered it.

"Now that I have turned 18, I'm able to look at different parts of Blind Veterans UK for volunteering such as Arts & Crafts, and accompanying the members out on day trips. I would really like to get involved with the acoustic rifle shooting, I'm in the Army Cadets and it's the same type of rifle that I use on the ranges. I've been in the Cadets for 4 years, and will be leaving in July as I will be too old. I'll then be joining the TA part time, that's part of the reason Blind Veterans UK appealed to me, because of the Armed Forces connection.

"It helps having that Armed Forces connection with the members, knowing some of what they talk about, and I feel that I can relate to them a bit more. It's one of the reasons that I am going to continue with the TA part-time.

"I would definitely recommend volunteering, it's great experience. It's helped my understanding of people with disabilities. I've always had a lot of respect for older people, but this has given me even more appreciation for them. It's just great experience and it's very inspirational."

If you are interested in a volunteering with Blind Veterans UK please visit our website to view our current volunteering opportunities.