Ivor has always enjoyed his DIY, but had been finding it more and more of a challenge as his sight deteriorated. He previously attended Men in Sheds, a social space where he worked alongside others who shared his passion and where he could bring his creative ideas to life. But as a result of his sight loss, he felt he could no longer go.  Ivor also used to enjoy reading the paper every day, however more recently Ivor has struggled to see the newspaper and told us that he felt quite useless. His wife saw him trying to do some DIY, rather unsafely, and after hearing about us on Talking News, they got in touch to see if we could help. 

When he came to meet Marc, one of our Sight Loss Advisors, Ivor said he was downhearted and frustrated with life.  Marc took time to listen and understand the frustrations, and together they looked at practical solutions to enable Ivor to make the most of his remaining sight, including different lighting options and magnifiers, along with technology training for new equipment to help with his reading.  Ivor was able to focus on what he is able to do, with a few adaptions, rather than what he feels has been taken away from him. Through this positive conversation, Marc helped to restore Ivor’s confidence and give him the courage to return to Men in Sheds. 

We are keeping in touch with Ivor, and it was great to hear him sharing his positive experience of our support with friends at a local sight loss group recently.

Ivor said “I’m the happiest man alive!” after meeting with Marc; excited for the future once again.

If like Ivor you are looking for some help and advice on how to continue your hobbies when living with sight loss, then drop us an email to [email protected], or call us on 0117 322 4885. 

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Sight Support provides local services for people living with sight loss across Bristol, Bath & North-East Somerset and South Gloucestershire and in Wiltshire under the banner of Wiltshire Sight. Sight Support is a UK registered charity no. 1178384.
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