"I have been a volunteer at Cam Sight since March 1996 and can honestly say – I have enjoyed every minute!

Following the induction course I befriended a delightful elderly lady – reading her post to her, writing her Christmas Cards and sorting out any problems she might have had. I used to go on short outings with her; she particularly enjoyed Scotsdales Garden Centre. I visited her once a week for quite a few years until she died at 96 years of age. We became good friends.

I also befriended a lovely elderly gentleman who lived with his family but needed someone else to chat to and take him out in his wheelchair, and I help at the Ten Pin Bowling twice a month, which is huge fun!

Volunteering at Cam Sight can be very varied, I have been involved in fundraising events – helping at a Quiz Night and collecting outside a supermarket - as well as being involved with taking a group around the Folk Museum and driving people to support groups.

In my opinion volunteers get as much out of the volunteering as the clients do. The feeling of helping people and watching them gaining confidence is second-to-none. Another benefit of volunteering is the opportunity to meet so many interesting and different people. My husband is also now a volunteer and helps people with I.T. and fundraising events.

One thing I must say is Cam Sight's Volunteer Team has a great skill at matching the volunteer befriender with someone who needs support - I have always got on extremely well with everyone I have been involved with."