Sadly, this is the last time I’ll be writing for East London Vision. In my final blog I will be reflecting on my journey and time here at ELVis.
Working for ELVis has been a life-changing experience. I remember my first day working at the office, I was feeling nervous because I was unsure if I’d get along with the team and whether my disability would have an impact on ability to work. But as I settled in during the weeks which followed, my nerves disappeared as I was made to feel very welcome, and I was able to focus on getting to grips with the responsibilities of my new job role. I admit it wasn’t easy to begin with, but with the support and guidance from my colleagues I was able to develop the confidence and self-belief to do my job well.
I feel blessed to have worked with a supportive team, and I’ve shared many great memories with them, as a team and individually. I’ve really enjoyed our team outings, including taking part in an escape room challenge at Christmas. I had a lot of fun! Also, cheering on our marathon runners together during the London Marathon and Big Half marathon were great team-bonding experiences.
Moreover, getting to know the service users has been a highlight of my time with ELVis. There are many of ELVis members I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with. One of my memorable moments was participating in kayaking sessions with a group of service users in Tower Hamlets. Everyone, including myself, enjoyed getting to know one another and have fun getting very wet!
I feel rewarded knowing that the work I’ve done at ELVis – promoting our achievements and services for vision impaired people – has helped the charity flourish in the VI community. ELVis’s social media accounts have grown in following and there is constant engagement from people, not only locally but internationally as well! I am extremely proud of this. Also, seeing more service users turning up to our events, and having spoken to some of them, I’ve learned that our members have become more outgoing and confident because of increased participation, which is fantastic! Additionally, I am more aware of different sight conditions and the challenges vision impaired people face daily. With this increased knowledge, I can move onto my new job role at London Vision knowing that I’ll be able to do my job well from the get-go!
Lastly, I’d like to say that I truly enjoyed the time I’ve spent working alongside the ELVis team and very much appreciate and value the support I’ve been given along the way. A MASSIVE thank you to you all!
Written by Ray Calamaan