Getting to Know You – Lou Reeves, Volunteer
|Lou is one of our volunteers that was invited by the Mayor of Worcester to have a tour of Guildhall. Here we find out more about Lou and why she volunteers for Deaf Direct.
In what role do you volunteer for Deaf Direct?
My volunteering role is varied but mainly whatever is needed – befriending, driving, shopping, Try Before You Buy phone service, etc.
What tasks do you carry out within your role?
I may be driving, or visiting (befriending), or helping with communication / understanding between hearing and deaf people.
How often do you volunteer with us?
This can also vary as I fit my time around other commitments where I volunteer for bereaved ladies, so two or three times a month with Deaf Direct usually.
Why do you volunteer for Deaf Direct and what is your connection to deafness?
I used to be in an isolated situation myself through illness and was really pleased when people took the time to help me to get out and about or even just to visit me for a chat. I am hard of hearing and experienced isolation and frustration in a different way from my hearing loss.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Giving back to others who are in a similar situation to what I was in, but meeting lots of interesting people, and giving back the joy which I used to feel when receiving volunteer help all those years ago. It also fits in with my favorite hobby.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
I have two interests: bowls coaching and Christianity, both of these are more interesting and intriguing than I ever imagined they would be.