Roz’s Case Study

Roz is one of our long-standing volunteers who has been with Sight Life for over 10 years.

Roz is partially sighted and first discovered an issue with her sight after she was having trouble driving at night. She went for an eye test and was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Roz was devastated to learn of her diagnosis and researched everything she could about her condition, looking for support from local charities and societies.

Discovering Sight Life

Roz first discovered Sight Life at a meeting for the Macular Society, meeting staff Michelle and Teresa who convinced Roz to become a volunteer for Sight Life. She joined Sight Life first as a volunteer, and then a member!

Roz found Sight Life “so welcoming” and easily become part of the community. She started our popular Chair Yoga group and helps out at our reception desk, along with volunteering for our contact line. As a member, she is part of several groups, including VI tennis, theatre, rambling, and book club.

Roz loves the “family-oriented community” of Sight Life and loves how her yoga group are “so open and willing to try all sorts”. She really enjoys the positivity of everyone at Sight Life, no matter what sight condition they have.

Trying New Things

Last November, Roz was part of the drama production with Company of Sirens, performing “How My Light is Spent” at Chapter Arts Centre. She thought it was an “inspiration” to work with others who manage daily life with severe sight loss and enjoyed taking part in the performances.

She is still in touch with everyone today and enjoyed working with the group, making genuine friends from the group.

Feeling Inspired?

Roz has volunteered for several years and recognises that volunteering isn’t just giving back to others, but also gives you something to invest in as well. She sees Sight Life as a “home from home” which keeps her motivated to continue volunteering and helping us support our members.

If you’re inspired by Roz’ story and want to fundraise or volunteer for us, get in touch at [email protected] or 029 2039 8900. We would love to hear from you!