Lynne and Lynnette’s story – My Guide (BCBS delivered)

When Lynette from Slough lost her sight suddenly, she had no time to slowly adapt to these changes and was thrown unexpectedly into a completely new world.

Whilst Lynette has support from her children, in particular her youngest daughter who is at home when not at university, she still found herself to be alone in the house a lot of the time and having to cope on her own.

When hearing of the service, Lynnette felt it could paved a way forward for her, it would help address  her isolation and increase her independence. She was matched with Lynn, a trained My Guide volunteer.

Lynette feels that she and her My Guide, Lynn, make a “good pairing”, as they both enjoy walking regularly. Lynette has worked with Lynn to create her own aims for the partnership, she says, “my aim everyday is to get out of the house, stretch my legs and be amongst people. With Lynn I can achieve my goal of going to the gym and finding out that I can still use some of the same equipment that I used to use, for example, the treadmill, bike and rowing machine. I am still hoping to use the ‘Out and about’ bus with Lynn to go to the hairdressers, although we have been very successful baking mince pies!”

Lynette feels that My Guide is definitely a good idea and agrees with the ethos of My Guide that is about “getting people to do things for themselves, creating independence rather than dependence”.

If you want to know more about this story, or about My Guide at Berkshire County Blind Society please contact Tom Conlin or Andrea Stannard on 0118 987 2803.

For information about Guide Dogs’ mobility services please visit: www.guidedogs.org.uk/services or call 0345 1430224.

Calls to our Mobility teams will cost 3 pence per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge.