Diane is our Assistive Technology volunteer at Stanmore.

How long have you been volunteering? 

I have been volunteering with Aspire for a year now.  

What made you become an Aspire Assistive Technology Volunteer? 

I was familiar with the Aspire Leisure Centre as a number of my neighbours had children who had attended swimming lessons. I had also been at a couple of their Aspire-hosted birthday parties.

I was retiring from my full time job in April 2015 and I wanted to be able to continue doing something useful, i.e. not just sitting at home all day having coffee mornings!!  I looked at the Aspire Website and saw that volunteers were required, which prompted me to apply to be an Assistive Technology Volunteer.

What does your role involve?

I come into Aspire about twice a week and meet with patients who would like to access their computers, tablets or phones. I provide training on the different equipment that they can use to do this.

What do you enjoy most about your role? 

Meeting so many “Aspiring” people. It gives me great pleasure to see how elated some of the patients become when they realise they are still able to access computers by way of Assistive Technology and to also receive comments after sessions, such as “I found that so rewarding”.

What would say to others who are considering volunteering with Aspire? 

Please, please do – it is so rewarding, though it can be rather upsetting at times, realising what a catastrophic change a spinal cord injury can have on a person’s life – the important thing is to be positive – I’ve always found patients to respond well to this.