Cindy is currently training to teach social workers and describes her life as ‘very chaotic’, but says her work and volunteering activities complement each other and she likes to be busy.
“When I wanted to apply to be a social worker, volunteering helped as skills developed through volunteering supported the application.
“The training I’ve received at work benefits my volunteering role, such as knowing about the support services available. My life experience helps with my volunteering and work. It all plaits together.”
Cindy says her role on the helpline can be emotionally challenging and that she values Retina UK training weekends.
“You need to be realistic. You are volunteering, but it can be emotionally heavy so you need to be resilient.
“The training weekends are very helpful, they enable you to get a greater understanding of the research side of things and also listen to other people and their experiences.”