Mihaela Buibas, 25, started volunteering with our associated charity South East London Vision in 2016 after signing up at a Lewisham volunteer fair, and is now an Events & Activity Volunteer in Thomas Pocklington Trust’s Volunteer Pool. Mihaela, who is from Romania and moved to the UK almost two years ago, has mostly volunteered in the Lewisham and Greenwich areas, guiding members and supporting staff. She has supported a variety of events and activities, including flamenco dancing, social meals, a tea dance and walks.

“I hope I can make a difference just by being a part of this great organisation. Giving a little part of my time and doing my best to spread the word about volunteering is something that I hope makes a little difference. Volunteering has changed my life. It made me appreciate more (of) the little things in life (and) having more confidence in myself,” Mihaela said.

Mihaela’s volunteering highlight so far was at a dance class: “After trying so hard, we finally managed to have a coherent dance. Even the members who were sitting down decided to give it a try. We were finally a great team and, in the end, this is all this is about – being a community.”

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