• Melina Rauter

Blind Veterans UK launches urgent call for volunteer drivers

THE vision-impaired veterans in Uxbridge are in urgent need of new volunteer drivers to support them.

Blind veteran Ken in his home, credit: Blind Veterans UK

Since 1915, the military charity Blind Veterans UK, has been offering rehabilitation, training, practical guidance, and emotional assistance to thousands of ex-Service men and women of all generations, in the hopes to help them rebuild their lives following sight loss.

The volunteer drivers play a crucial role in the life of blind veterans, by helping them get out and about in their local communities, driving them to social gatherings and various important appointments. The drivers enhance the comfort and quality of life for the blind veterans, as well as contribute to the recovery of their self-confidence and self-esteem by minimizing social isolation.

Thais Curia, Volunteer Coordinator for Blind Veterans UK in London, stated: “We have blind veterans in the Bromley, Uxbridge, Sutton and Worcester Park who are in desperate need of a volunteer to help them pick up medicine, get them to doctor’s appointments, and join friends for social events. Things that you and I take for granted but become a real challenge when you’ve lost your sight. No matter how much time you have to give, it’ll have a huge impact on the lives of our blind veterans.”.

To learn more and sign up to become a volunteer driver visit volunteer.blindveterans.org.uk