Saying goodbye is often very difficult. However, knowing that you’ll be able to look back on happy memories can make it a bit easier to cope with. Sadly, my time at ELVis has now come to an end, but I am lucky in that I am able to look back on the time that I’ve spent here knowing that I’ve had some great experiences and that I’ve learnt a lot along the way.
I’ve talked in this blog before about how little I knew about the sight loss world before I started my post with ELVis. I was ‘blind’ to all the issues that VIPs have to face every day, but also to the myriad ways that people are able to overcome these in order to live an ordinary, and sometimes extraordinary, life. My awareness of the vision impaired world has increased drastically, and this is knowledge that I will be able to carry with me and pass on to others. I will now be a much more vocal supporter of disability rights as well as ensuring that I live my life in a way that is as inclusive as possible. I would like to thank every single VI person who I’ve met over the course of this job for talking to me about your experiences, for giving me the opportunity to learn, and for being extremely patient when I’ve been slow to understand (and also when I’ve not been guiding very well and have caused you to trip up).
But as well as the more serious side, this job has also been great fun! I’ve been very lucky and had the opportunity to go to places and try things that I never would have done otherwise, and to do so in the company of some great people. I’ve already written a farewell letter dedicated to all the members and service users I’ve met over the course of this job, but I’d like to say, again, thank you very much. Not all the activities went completely to plan, but you certainly helped to make them all thoroughly enjoyable!
And finally, I have to say a massive thank you to all of my ELVis colleagues, past and present. This job wouldn’t have been anywhere near as enjoyable as it was without your support and guidance, or the many snacks you brought into the office! It’s been wonderful getting to know you all, and I’ll miss you a lot.
Of course I’ll stay in touch and keep up to date with what ELVis is getting up to in the years to come. I wish everyone all the very best, and I look forward to catching up with you when our paths cross again in future.
Written by Nicola Stokes, ELVis Service and Delivery Manager