Aya helps Southend in Sight volunteers

Aya helps Southend in Sight volunteers

The volunteer Tech Team at Southend in Sight have had some expert advice and training from an unexpected source. 15 year old Aya Alozoum who previously received help from the charity, returned to share her tech knowledge and keep the volunteers up to date.

Southend’s independent sight loss charity, Southend in Sight’s Tech Team have worked hard throughout lockdown and beyond to try and meet the needs of local visually impaired people (VIPs). The volunteer team has appointments booked most weeks to provide help and support to VIPs with their mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

Sometimes just one small adaption to a piece of technology can make a huge difference to the everyday lives, and most importantly, the independence, of those living with sight loss. One such young person they met was Aya Alozoum.

Steve Bickell and Paul Weavers, the Tech Team, met and advised Aya and her family a few years ago, showing her a few short cuts and Apps that were relevant at the time. Aya is now 15 and offered to visit the charity’s Resource Centre in Westcliff to show the team what she has achieved.

Aya has learnt to use her Mac Book Pro and has taught herself how to use the voiceover facility on it. This allows her to complete her own schoolwork and other tasks independently.

Lucy Martin, CEO of Southend in Sight said “Aya enjoyed being the teacher for a change and showing our Tech Team what to do! It really was a joy to see how far Aya has come in just a short space of time. She now has plans for university and beyond, and we wish her every success with whatever she chooses to do in the future.”

To find out about the help and advice on offer with mobiles, tablets or laptops, Southend in Sight on 01702 342131 or email info@southendinsight.org.uk.

Jamie Langstone