WE WERE lucky enough to have two organisations hold volunteering days with our service users this month.

The Discovery Channel and Bank of America are the latest organisations to partner with Thomas Pocklington Trust to hold Volunteering Days to help people with sight loss maintain their independence and have active lives.

It comes after Deloitte, an accountancy and consultancy firm, held one last month.

TPT volunteer coordinator Kirsty Palmer said volunteering days offered the opportunity for people to learn about the issues and barriers faced by people with sight loss, while also benefiting service users who were able to meet and learn from new people and take part in an activity.

She said 13 volunteers from the Discovery Channel undertook sighted guide and vision awareness training on Friday, June 17.

The volunteers then put their skills into practice by supporting 16 TPT service users in a competitive game of ten pin bowling at the Cherrington Hollywood Bowl.Bank of America volunteers and TPT service users at lunch

Kirsty said a week later, on Friday, June 24, seven volunteers from the Bank of America undertook the sighted guide and vision awareness training at the Balham Resource Centre and then supported 11 services users for a lunch at the Avalon Pub in Clapham South.

“It was a lovely afternoon as participants had the opportunity to socialise with their peers as well as the amazing volunteers from Bank of America,” Kirsty said.

Kirsty thanked the volunteers from both organisations who gave up their time and made the events enjoyable for everyone involved.