End of year Team Blog Part Three

Third instalment of end of year Team Blog

Well 2018 is nearly coming to an end and what a year it has been. Personally, I have won several awards to highlight the work I do to raise awareness, campaign, advocate and create engagement opportunities relating to sight loss and try my best to empower those less confident outside work on a voluntary basis.

As an Ambassador for Retina Uk, I was invited to Westminister Palace for a special celebration event. Introducing the Celebrating Diversity and Disability Category to a typical Beauty Pageant Talent show which vision impaired people had the opportunity to showcase their wonderful wisdom, tantalising talents and beautiful personality. If you would like to find out more about the next event, then please email bhavini@visualeyeswithbhavini.com I also became a Lady of the organisation Ladies of All Nations International where I am a representative for anyone wishing to find our more around vision impairment, raise awareness with living, dealing, coping and managing sight loss and still aim to achieve ambitions, aspirations and more.

This year has gone far too quickly and perhaps I feel this way as most of my weekends were taken up training for the Peak 50 Bronze Challenge which we, The Look Who’s Walking Team undertook in September 2018. Definitely the biggest and hardest challenge I have taken part in.

However my biggest life changing moment was being matched to my Guide Dog. he has certainly made a positive impact to my life and made me feel a great sense of confidence tackling routes and travelling in the dark. Of course I still feel that we need to still work on a few things but overall he has bought so much joy to my life already.

I am planning to take it easy in 2019 but honestly who am I kidding, I have so many ideas, hopes, bucket lists both in and out of work that I would like to work towards.

Hope you had a good Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year.

Written by
Bhavini Makwana

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East London Vision (ELVis) is the subgroup for the 7 geographical areas that naturally cover all of east London north of the Thames: • Barking and Dagenham • City and Hackney • Havering • Newham • Redbridge • Tower Hamlets • Waltham Forest. ELVis is designed to provide an effective and efficient way of ensuring that vision impaired people living in East London get the support and services they need. It is an umbrella organisation with voluntary sector, user led representation in each of the east London boroughs. Our vision is that everyone living in East London experiencing, or at risk of, any form of sight loss, receives a high quality service relevant to their need and at a time appropriate for themselves. Our aim is to enhance & link vision impaired services and organisations throughout East London, improving the quality of life for blind and partially sighted people and increasing individual independence.

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