22 year old Charlotte from London joined RSBC early last year having been diagnosed with Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). Recently she joined the RSBC Youth Forum, using her experience of sight loss to support others going through the same thing.
RSBC changed my life completely. Before joining I was a quiet, unemployed and under-confident girl who didn’t know what to do with her life or how to deal with sudden sight loss. For me, it was all about meeting other people at first. RSBC helped me meet young people that were going through the same thing as me, and could relate to my situation, and suddenly I didn’t feel so alone anymore.
Then it was about challenging myself to get out there and find a job. I knew I had to improve some of my skills before that would be able to happen. I had never travelled much independently but coming in for workshops and sessions now gave me a reason to, and seeing others doing it gave me the motivation to persevere until I succeeded.
I began to believe in myself
My confidence almost instantly improved and once I did it a few times and met more and more people, I began to believe in myself.
I wanted to get more involved so I joined the Social and Peer groups and Health and Well-being clubs. Taking part in the sports and activities gave me the fun and enjoyment I used to get from sports before losing my sight.
I feel like RSBC gave me a voice and helped me with the things I wanted and needed help with.
I don’t feel different anymore and can live my life to the fullest, which I didn’t think I would be able to do.
I would not be where I am today without them, in a full-time apprenticeship with the Home Office, more confident than ever, more friends and most of all, a voice for myself and other vision impaired people.
A new chapter in your life
Coming to this event could be the start of an exciting new chapter in your life. You can meet others, learn from others and most importantly be another voice for young people as well as yourselves. Not forgetting the fun you will have!
Do you want to meet new people and have your say on how RSBC can support you?
Book your place at Future Exchange Birmingham now
Date: Saturday 25th November
Time: 12:00 – 16:00 – Lunch will be provided.
Location: The Studio Birmingham, 7 Cannon St, Birmingham B2 5EP
Details: Open to vision impaired young people aged 13-25 and their families.