Read about our work through these inspiring real life stories from some of our clients.
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Saqib has always enjoyed taking part in sport. He relocated to Birmingham leaving behind his family and friends and wanted to find out what sports are available for a visually impaired person in the city.
By attending some of our social groups, Saqib found out about the variety of other services that Birmingham Vision offer, including a wide range of sport and recreational opportunities. Luke, our dedicated Sports Participation Coordinator was able to let Saqib know about what sports are available to him and to support him with joining the sports clubs that he enjoys or had an interest in trying out. He now regularly takes part in a wide range of sports like cricket, fishing and football and has improved his skills in all of them. Taking part in sport has also enabled Saqib to improve his fitness and has meant that he has been able to meet lots of new people. “Sport enables me to fulfill my hobbies. Before, my weeks were filled with a whole lot of nothing and now I am playing sport on most nights.”
Before finding Birmingham Vision, Paul’s social life was limited. His visual impairment meant he did not venture further than his own home and familiar places in his local area.
Paul received mobility training from Denise, our Social Inclusion Co-ordinator and as his confidence grew he started to explore the city. This led to Paul working with our Sports Coordinator, Luke, who helped Paul achieve some personal fitness goals and encouraged him to make some healthy lifestyle changes.
Paul is now a regular attendee at our Pub Nights, Bowling, Footgolf and swimming and he has recently become a ‘Birmingham Vision Buddy’ which will enable him to help others on their sight loss journey and share his experiences.
“The Birmingham Vision team do an amazing job, they all go above and beyond.” Paul.
Amy was born blind and has faced many challenges of living with sight loss for all her life.
Accessing Birmingham Vision services has helped Amy explore different opportunities and try new challenges, such as an 8-week beginners pottery course (working in partnership with Sense Touchbase Pears).
Amy enjoys the pottery sessions and using clay she has made various objects of her choice. Amy has now completed the beginners course and signed up for a 10-week Intermediate Pottery course and enjoys exploring new opportunities with the help and support of Birmingham Vision.
“Pottery is a great way of learning new skills and I haven’t ever done anything like it before, I have met new people and shared experiences of life living with sight loss”.
Aneeba has an eye condition called Lawerence Moon Bardet Biedi syndrome and has been accessing Birmingham Vision services for a while. Aneeba receives support from our employment coordinator, Zoe, to help her return to volunteering. Aneeba also takes part in our driving experience events which she says has made her dreams come true.
Aneeba regularly attends bowling and RP group where she enjoys meeting new people.
“Birmingham Vision have helped me to be confident, I feel that Birmingham Vision have become like another family to me.”