Meet 93 year old Jim, he’s a loyal member of Deafblind UK (DBUK) and used to serve in the army. Each month, Jim attends the ‘Friendly Friday’ social group in Peterborough. Jim describes himself as a ‘doer’, he loves trying new things like archery and enjoys all the activities they do as a group, especially anything to do with gardening or cooking.
Deafblind UK group volunteer, Gina said “Everyone enjoys Jim’s company! He really encourages the group to be active.”
Jim lives close to a local country park which has a sailing club onsite; something Jim has always wanted to try! Unsure of how to organise a trip to go sailing, he encouraged the group to visit the sailing club with him and with the help of the DBUK Outreach Officer they were scheduled in to go sailing! The big day arrived and after acquainting himself on land with all the controls, Jim was lucky enough to sail a catamaran-type boat with the support of an instructor. The whole group had a fantastic time and Jim says he now has the confidence to go alone!
We have more than 1,000 Deafblind UK members who are aged 80 and over, many of whom, like Jim, served in the war. We’re often told about their wartime memories, their service roles and the experiences they have had since World War II. Some of our members lost their sight or hearing as a result of their service in the war. To help those involved in the war effort we offer services, including social groups, which have a particular focus on reminiscence. These services are kindly supported by the Royal British Legion, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Queen Mary’s Roehampton Trust and the Royal Navy Benevolent Fund as well as other generous donors.
If you would like to find out more about our Deafblind UK social groups or any of the other free services we offer, call the Information and Advice Line on 0800 132 320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org