so i had my meeting with brenda, the development worker in cork city partnership. the meeting was about me coming on the volunteer team for the friendly call service. however we quickly determined that this would not work out. the software they will be using isnt compatible with my jaws screen reading programme. they were using excel but are moving to t his new specialist software and its a database and quite complex. but brenda said there were other opportunities. she asked me if i’d like to do admin work and reception work. i said yes i’d love to do that. she told me about some schemes that were available, like back to work schemes. one is called tus and one is community employment. i queried them when i got back to my parents and i’m not eligible for tus but I would be eligible for the community employment scheme. however i dont think they have any opportunities in this scheme right now. thats ok though, i’d still like to volunteer my time with them even if i am not on a back to work scheme. i emailed brenda and told her this. i told her i got a really good vibe and felt really welcomed and accepted when i went to meet her. because when i went into the office she wasnt there, she was still on lunch. the guy i met, tony, was so friendly. he talked to me and offered me tea while i waited for brenda to come back. so yeah i think thats somewhere that has a really nice atmosphere and somewhere i’d love to volunteer. i sent brenda my CV and she said she would talk to the girl who is in charge of the reception and front desk. she told me she’d contact me early next week. i’m pretty excited now. at least the blindness isnt holding me back. and they were accepting of it and still wanted me to volunteer with them. so yeah, win win. brenda even offered me a lift to my parents house which was really kind of her and saved me a taxi fare. so yeah am really happy with how it went.