Edward’s Employment Story

"It's one of the best things I've ever done"

Everyone should have the chance to enjoy the independence, purpose and meaning that employment can bring. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have been able to fund a number of impactful projects which are addressing the barriers to employment for blind and partially sighted people.

Edward smilingFor many the road to employment starts with work experience and volunteering. Six months ago Edward started volunteering with the Conservation Volunteers’ Green Gym project in West London. Previously, Edward found it difficult to access opportunities as many organisations had refused him due to his visual impairment, but he was determined to work outdoors. RSBC were able to work with Edward and the Conservation Volunteers group to risk assess his role and make necessary adaptations. Edward said:

“It’s been a great way to meet new people and feel less isolated. I like it that it’s not the kind of thing people with VI are expected to do, so I feel like I’m changing people’s ideas a bit. It’s given me the confidence and skills to apply to Kew Gardens for a more in depth role. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.”

Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to fund these services for people like Edward; help us widen our impact by making a donation.

 

Take your career to the next level!

On 26 March 2022, we are hosting See My Skills: How to land your dream job! with LOOK. The Zoom conference will welcome jobseekers aged 16-25 to develop their skillsets and envision their goals. Hosted by comedian Chris McCausland, the event will feature special guests and LOOK mentors; discussing everything from CV writing skills to securing work experience placements to understanding the Access to Work scheme and knowing your employment rights.

Secure your place today!