Scott Hadley has been helping our hospitality staff in the Beacon Bar for over 18 months. His disability has limited him in many aspects of his life but since volunteering at Beacon it has really opened him up as an individual.

Scott explained: “I enjoy speaking to lots of different people who come into the bar as it helps me socialise and boost my confidence. Every day is different, which is why I enjoy coming in and supporting the Bar Staff – the buzz you get from behind the bar is fantastic.”

Scott highlights the important work volunteers like him do at Beacon and the positive impact it has on service users.

“All the money made from the Bar goes back into the Centre, helping to support visually impaired people. It feels good knowing I am using my free time wisely but also getting something worthwhile in return. The volunteering programme has helped me to look beyond my disabilities and realise my full potential.”

Across the Charity there are many volunteers just like Scott who use up their spare time and give back to their community. Beacon depends Volunteers like Scott – their valuable support is a vital cog in work we do with the sight loss community.

He also adds: “I am adaptable and can support in more than one area. I would encourage anybody who has some free time to spare to think about what they can give back and how they can help make a difference to their community.” 

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