Can you spare an hour to help support blind veterans in Llandudno?
18 January 2013 10:00
Blind Veterans UK is calling on residents of Llandudno and surrounding areas to spare some of their free time to help volunteer!
Blind Veterans UK is calling on residents of Llandudno and surrounding areas to spare some of their free time to help with upcoming collections, coffee mornings and community events to raise funds for the charity's newest rehabilitation and training centre based in Craig-y-Don.
The charity's Regional Fundraiser, Victoria Beech, said: "We are looking for volunteers who can help at some of our monthly collection days in the area, as well as at our monthly coffee mornings and second hand book sales which will take place at the Holy Trinity Church.
"We recognise that this type of front line fundraising may not be for everyone, so are also looking for volunteers who can help facilitate at fundraising events by providing support behind the scenes, such as baking cakes for coffee mornings or making craft items such as jewellery and stationary that can be sold to raise additional funds at community events."
Volunteer Development Officer, Joanna Tann, said: "The charity started out as St Dunstan's in 1915 to help veterans blinded during the First World War. Today, Blind Veterans UK supports blind ex-Servicemen and women regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight. We help them get the best from life after losing their sight, enabling them to maintain their dignity and re-gain their independence.
"We are always enormously grateful for the hard work of our volunteers who make a massive difference to the charity. It would be wonderful to hear from more people who have time to do something really worthwhile for charity".
David Owen, who served in 11th Hussars in Germany in the 1960s, is a volunteer for Blind Veterans UK, which sees him take part in charity collections on Llandudno's high street and in its shopping mall.
David said: "I think that the work done by Blind Veterans UK is very valuable, and that was one of the reasons that I felt that I should help in the first place. It is a sad fact that some of the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces are not just physically hurt but mentally scarred as well, due to the unique type of work that they do. It's great to be able to meet these people, and see that you are giving something back".
Look out for the colourful display in the window of the Conwy Voluntary Service Council (CVSC) illustrating all of the ways in which people can get involved in volunteering which will be up between Monday 28th January and Monday 11th February.
People can find out more about volunteering opportunities or make an application in the CVSC office at this time or by contacting Joanna Tann, Volunteer Development Officer, directly on 01492 864573 / Joanna.Tann@blindveterans.org.uk
See below for the full list of upcoming volunteer opportunities:
22nd January 10am-4pm Bay View, Colwyn Bay
6th February 10:30am-3:30pm Whiterose Shopping Centre, Rhyl
7th February 10:30am-3:30pm Victoria Centre, Llandudno
19th February 10am-4pm Bay View, Colwyn Bay
19th March 10am-4pm Bay View, Colwyn Bay
23rd April 10am-4pm Bay View, Colwyn Bay
21st May 10am-4pm Bay View, Colwyn Bay
18th June 10am-4pm Bay View, Colwyn Bay
16th July 10am-4pm Bay View, Colwyn Bay
13th August 10am-4pm Bay View, Colwyn Bay
10th September 10am-4pm Bay View, Colwyn Bay
22nd October 10am-4pm Bay View, Colwyn Bay
3rd December 10am-4pm Bay View, Colwyn Bay
Coffee Mornings and Second Hand Book Sales
All of these below events will take place at the Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno between 10am -12:30pm:
14th February (this will also feature Valentines Cupcake Decorating for all ages - children and grownups welcome)
25th January Burns Night Supper & Whisky Tasting
15th September Castle Tripple Challenge, Bodelwyddan Castle