Callum Rolf

Blind Veterans UK volunteer Callum Rolf
Blind Veterans UK volunteer Callum Rolf

Callum came to volunteer at Blind Veterans UK through his school's Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme when he was 16 in July 2010.

Callum now plans to study a health and social course at college next year after being inspired by his volunteering at Blind Veterans UK.

He volunteers two evenings a week assisting the permanent resident veterans in the Bingo and Bar Quiz evenings.

18 year old Callum Rolf  has been volunteering with Blind Veterans UK for two years now and this year was awarded the 'Volunteer of the Year' award in the Blind Veterans UK Founders Day Awards.

Callum spoke to us about his experience of volunteering at Blind Veterans UK and said: "I got involved with Blind Veterans UK just after I finished school - I was looking for a job and my mum suggested that I volunteered here to help me get employment. I enjoyed it so much, that I stayed on. I've been volunteering with Blind Veterans UK for about two years now.

"I enjoy interacting with the veterans and the social side of it. It's really good just talking to them. I come in evenings at the moment, and do the bingo on a Monday helping the staff. I sometimes do the quiz on a Friday evening as well when I can fit it in around my job.

"I have actually applied for a health and social course at college next year, because I want to try and get into care work now. Volunteering at Blind Veterans UK has actually helped me decide what I want to do as a career. It's not something that I would have considered before, and it's only in the last two years that I have discovered it.


Callum Roff and Clifford

"Now that I have turned 18, I'm able to look at different parts of Blind Veterans UK for volunteering such as Arts & Crafts, and accompanying the veterans out on day trips. I would really like to get involved with the acoustic rifle shooting, I'm in the Army Cadets and it's the same type of rifle that I use on the ranges. I've been in the Cadets for 4 years, and will be leaving in July as I will be too old. I'll then be joining the TA part time, that's part of the reason Blind Veterans UK appealed to me, because of the Armed Forces connection.

"It helps having that Armed Forces connection with the members, knowing some of what they talk about, and I feel that I can relate to them a bit more. It's one of the reasons that I am going to continue with the TA part-time.

"I would definitely recommend volunteering, it's great experience. It's helped my understanding of people with disabilities. I've always had a lot of respect for older people, but this has given me even more appreciation for them. It's just great experience and it's very inspirational."

If you'd like to get involved and volunteer at Blind Veterans UK, please see our current volunteering opportunities.

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