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Superstar volunteer shortlisted in Welsh Charity Awards

Published on 17 Oct 2023

We're proud to announce that one of our amazing volunteers was announced as a ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Finalist in the Welsh Charity Awards.

Gill has volunteered with us for over five years and during that time has fulfilled a host of volunteering roles to help blind veterans overcome social isolation in her local area.

Gill begun her journey with our charity as a Home Visitor, providing crucial companionship for veterans with severe sight-loss in their own homes. She then went on to run a lunch club in her local community, bringing veterans together on a weekly basis. Gill is also a Volunteer Driver, taking veterans food shopping and to important appointments, and an Outings Companion.

And even when she’s at home Gill does everything she can to support our veterans. She's a telephone befriender to those who can’t get to social events and runs a weekly telephone group to bring these veterans together.

Gill smiles and looks into camera while posing with her award
Gill stands in front of a branded screen and holds her award proudly while smiling
Gill is standing with the presenter and posing for photos by the photographers

Gill at the Welsh Charity Awards 2023

As a result of her heroic efforts, Gill has reduced social isolation for over 25 blind veterans in South Wales which has had a long-lasting positive impact on their wellbeing and increased their confidence and self-esteem. This is what they said:

“We can't thank Gill enough for all that she does for us. Her kindness goes over and beyond. She has become a dear friend. Thank you!”

“Gill is a wonderful volunteer and is always ready to help you. She supports me to go out once every week to wonderful places, which has made a massive difference to my life. Gill is always a happy person and I think the world of her. I wish you the best of luck. Thank you.”

“Gill is an outstanding volunteer and friend who will do anything for you. She has a heart of gold and is a fantastic lady.”
A blind veteran in South Wales

It’s a sad fact that many of the blind veterans we support suffer from social isolation.

It happens as we get older and our families leave us, and partners pass away. For people with sight loss, that isolation is all the more painful to bear. Those who can’t see can lose self-belief, and, even worse, their sense of belonging.

Our volunteers are vital in alleviating that social isolation for blind veterans. You could make a huge difference to a blind veteran's life by volunteering with us. Even if you don't have much time to spare, you could change someone's life by volunteering for as little as a few hours a month.

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