Lauren Sloan, 30, started volunteering with our associated charity South East London Vision (SELVis) in October 2016, and is now an Events & Activity Volunteer in Thomas Pocklington Trust’s Volunteer Pool. Lauren works full time in fashion production for film and photography campaigns.

Since she started volunteering, Lauren has supported service users on various activities from walks in parks and woods to gallery exhibitions, bowling and circus excursions, and mostly volunteers in south London. She finds her volunteering role rewarding. When asked why she was interested in the volunteering, Lauren said it was because “such a small amount of my time to help on these activities can make such a difference to someone’s day and social confidence”.

Lauren tries to give as much of her free time as possible, although with a full time job it means she is not able to help as much as she would like. “It is so much fun and I really enjoy meeting people who I would not meet within my social circle or through work.”

Moving forward, she is looking to start doing Link Up support and to focus on guide running. “This is a service many of the groups I meet would like to have more support with,” Lauren said.

Lauren was named the 2017 Thomas Pocklington Trust Pool Volunteer of the Year.

To find out how you can become an Events and Activity Volunteer in our Volunteer Pool and help make a difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people, visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.