Kevin Smith likens being blind to having “your head in a box”.
“If someone walks by, you don’t know who it is, if a mate comes up to you and you don’t recognise their voice, you have to stop and think – you are very, very isolated,” he says.
Kevin has been through his share of ups and downs since he lost his sight six years ago, but he attributes most of the positives to the work of Thomas Pocklington Trust. “When I met them, I wasn’t in a good place, I was shouting at the world, and they let me shout,” he says. “They just listened and then they started rebuilding me.”
Thomas Pocklington Trust showed Kevin the practical tools that would make his life easier as a visually impaired person. Just as importantly, they also showed him how to inject a bit of colour.
“I joined the art club at Pocklington because I knew I wanted to do something creative,” he says. “But there’s the social aspect of it as well – meeting all these nice people, having a cup of tea and a bit of cake and a laugh.”
“Nothing changes the fact that you’ve lost your sight, but if you know you’re not alone it makes a big difference.”