“Since recently joining Croydon Vision there’s been a big shift in the way I see my future going” – Dorca

Say “Hello” to Debbie, she loves chatting with members.

I’m Debbie, and I’ve been volunteering at Croydon Vision since August 2021. Since then, I’ve been working on admin projects and meeting members – both in person and over the phone.

I love being useful and the thrill of talking with people from all walks of life means I really enjoy my time here. I’ve like the quiet evenings working with data, as well as the amazing trips of 2021.

Insightful conversations I’ve had with so many members herehave been valuable too. I cherish the safe space feel that all members, staff and volunteers get to enjoy at Croydon Vision.

The theme of ‘Stepping Out’ for this issue of Our Voice is a good one, considering the national lockdowns and all, it’s never been more important to get out. As an 18-year-old the last two yearshave felt very uncertain for me, it was weird to see adults, who usually seem to have everything under control, just as thrown off as we (the younger generation) were.

Though remote learning was hard, one positive thing I’ve taken from it has been being able to improve my time management skills! When I’m not volunteering, I love going to the Tate Modern art gallery to appreciate art and culture by the River Thames.

My favourite season for doing so must be the start of summer when the air isn’t too hot and the day stretches out a little longer, no longer needing to worry about dark clouds or the threat of rain. This time of year always fills me with hope.”