VOLUNTEERS have taken a group of Thomas Pocklington Trust service users to the Royal Mews.

A group of volunteers from Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) partnered with Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) to hold the volunteering day last week.

Six volunteers from SCB undertook a two-hour information and training session to learn how to support people with sight loss appropriately and safely.

The volunteers then put the skills they had learnt into practice by supporting TPT service users on a trip to the Royal Mews where everyone enjoyed seeing horses in the stables, the royal carriages and even trying on some costumes.

Service user wearing a hat at the royal mews

TPT service user wearing a costume hat at the royal mews

SCB volunteer Janice said the volunteers had an amazing time and would all want to volunteer again.

“The training was excellent and it has given us the confidence to offer support to visually impaired people on public transport,” Janice said.

“The team learnt a lot from the service users about how visual impairment affects their day-to-day life and were struck by how independent they were and how they did not let their impairment prevent them from being themselves.”

A TPT service user said it was a wonderful opportunity to visit the Royal Mews with wonderful volunteers from SCB.

“The company of these volunteers made this trip more interesting and informative.”