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Big Help Out event at Llandudno

Published on 25 Apr 2023

We joined together with organisations across the country on Monday 8 May, to mark His Majesty The King's Coronation by taking part in the Big Help Out event.

The Centre of Wellbeing in Llandudno opened its doors and welcomed over 100 people with an interest in volunteering opportunities in the local area.

Visitors were not only able to find out how they can support our blind veterans but were also able to meet representatives from other organisations to find out what roles they have available.

Billy dressed in his town crier robes shaking hands with John
Blind veteran and Llandudno Town Crier Billy with blind veteran and charity volunteer John
Billy stood in front of uniformed members of the Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Force Cadets and scout groups
Blind veterans and Llandudno Town Crier Billy stood with representatives from organisations that joined us for The Big Help Out
Army cadets smiling and laughing while looking at something they have built made of red plastic poles
Army Cadets taking part in a teambuilding exercise during our Big Help Out event

We welcomed the Conwy County Sea Cadets, Aberconwy Squadron Air Cadets, the Army Cadets, the Military Preparation College and the Bangor and 6th Colwyn Bay Scouts to the centre to share their own volunteering opportunities with members of the public and to promote the benefits of joining a cadet force.

As a result of the event, nine people have signed up to volunteer with our charity and the other organisations present signed up volunteers too.

“Every single one of our volunteers helps us to rebuild lives after sight loss."
Community Engagement Lead for Blind Veterans UK

Rosina, Community Engagement Lead at the Llandudno Centre said:

“We’re incredibly proud to have played our own small part in the Big Help Out initiative. It’s been so inspiring to see the activity that took place up and down the country.
“The aim of the event was to inform people about the huge variety of volunteering opportunities in the local area for both adults and children, but the day also saw friendships being made and lots of laughter.
“We were entertained on the day by the Sea Cadets who treated us to drill and semaphore displays and the scouts taught everyone a campfire song. Our blind veterans also got involved with some team building games with the scouts and cadets and blind veteran Billy opened the event in his role as Llandudno Town Crier.
“It was wonderful to see the centre so busy and full of energy, we think the Big Help Out was a tremendous success.”

Volunteers are vital to our work. They make a huge difference to a blind veteran’s life.

There are so many ways to volunteer, you could provide crucial companionship by visiting a blind veteran at home or befriending them over the phone, you could drive a veteran to appointments or help at events.

Every single volunteer helps to rebuild lives after sight loss.

You can make a huge difference to a blind veteran's life by becoming a volunteer.


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