As part of trustee week, we hear from Aisha, one of our most recently appointed Trustees about why she became a trustee;
My name is Aisha and I am extremely proud to be a trustee for KVIN. I have been associated with the charity for just over a year after attending a drop-in session at Dewsbury. I was diagnosed as a child with a deteriorating eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa and had recently been finding it increasingly difficult to access technology and in particular my mobile phone. Small things like reading text messages and using Google, everyday tasks we take for granted, had become difficult to carry out and using WhatsApp or writing an email seemed like an Alien concept.
With subtle encouragement from all the volunteers at KVIN my confidence has flourished. Being introduced to a simple concept like voice-over has transformed my experience with technology. I can now right an email, have a conversation via WhatsApp and even go shopping online. Finding out about apps like Bus Checker and MyTrain has helped me plan a journey and apps like Seeing A.I. Have Allowed me to read my Post independently. I regularly attend our Dewsbury session on A Thursday and over the year the group has evolved into more of a peer support group. it has been inspiring to be around fellow visually impaired people with whom I can share experiences and who can also provide support and advice on how to overcome shared obstacles we face through sight loss. Being part of the group has also helped me to be more open about and accepting of my disability. I have also made many friends through KVIN which has further enriched my life and the good-natured banter we undoubtedly have always serves to put a smile on my face.
I can genuinely say that finding out about and receiving support from an organisation like KVIN has been life changing for me. As both a service user and a trustee I have a vested interest in the development and sustainability of KVIN. I have experienced first-hand how the charity can help improve the lives of people going through sight loss by providing both technical support which helps people to maintain their independence as well as provide peer support which can offer much needed emotional support especially when the experience of losing sight can often feel overwhelming and isolating.