I first met Roger Clifton when I was volunteering at Beyond Barriers Vision Impaired Group in Tower Hamlets, and the first impression I got was he’s a great guy.
Later I was lucky enough to be asked by Roger to attend an interview at East London Vision (ELVis). And as luck would have it, I was offered a job at East London Vision working with Roger Clifton who was the CEO at the time.
I worked with Roger for over two years. He was so encouraging, had great enthusiasm and was so passionate. It was a joy and a privilege to work with him. I remember him being a very positive person, and all the service users were fond of him. He was a very charismatic man.
Roger was not only my work colleague but he was a great friend. What a sad day when he was took away from us. Roger will be missed but he will be forever in our hearts.
For those who haven’t met me yet, my name is Ray and I’m the new Social Media Intern at East London Vision.
I joined the ELVis team in April, and what can I say I’ve been enjoying every aspect of my role so far. I especially love getting the opportunity to go on exciting outings like to the Natural History Museum and taking part in white water rafting at the Lee Valley White Water Centre. However, my role is more than just attending events but promoting them through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to encourage service users to participate. I also collaborate with them to promote stories online which other ELVis members would like to hear about.
What initially interested me to join the ELVis team was my experience of training alongside visually impaired people. I’m partially sighted since the age of 22, and I attended the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) for three years as a client where I met other young people with different eye conditions. It was at the RSBC where I was able to learn about the individual challenges my peers faced which helped me develop a good understanding of how to support people living with sight loss.
I also have an interest in blogging and use social media on a daily basis. I write about my experiences taking part in free activities across London on my personal blog which you can visit by clicking here.
Being part of the ELVis team has been a very positive experience so far. ELVis Development and Service Manager, Nicola Stokes has supported me settle into my role, and I can’t think of a better person to do the job. I’ve even had the opportunity to attend the staff conference at the Thomas Pocklington Trust where I met staff from across the country, and enjoyed the perks of eating at a delicious buffet in a very classy hotel close to Euston in Central London.
Overall, I’ve had a very interesting couple of weeks at ELVis and I look forward to the upcoming months I have left as an intern. You never know I might even become a full-time member of staff at the end of it, which I would love to happen!
Also, a fun fact about me is I love cooking and dancing, so expect to see me at those activities in the near future!