I used to be really hard to be approached

Stories of change

Friday, September 1, 2017

I’m also an Event Host, which means I organise my own events. I think about what I need to do to make an event happen. I do lunches, and I recently done picnics in the park because now that the weather is warmer people don’t want to be cooped up inside. I try to do some outdoor things that are fairly local to where I am.

I always had trouble having to explain my hearing, because I’ve got a hearing impairment. I wasn’t shy, but I was just not up to meeting new people. Because I would meet one person, I would introduce myself, I would explain about my hearing and everything, and then I would move on to another person and I would have to repeat myself over and over again …. But now I can just walk up to someone that I don’t know and introduce myself and just talk. I find it easy to explain about my hearing, and if I hold an event of my own I get everyone together at first so I don’t have to keep saying the same thing over and over again.

Now I’m a lot more confident. If I’m on my own at a Befriend event, I can just approach people and talk to them if I want to. I’ve made friends, and I’ve kept in touch and we catch up. It means that I go out more often and I’m not sitting at home on my own, and it just means that I have more fun, I’m not bored.

[The most significant change was] the confidence, because like I said before, I used to be really hard to be approached because I couldn’t hear properly, but now, it’s a lot easier for me. [I’m] more independent on my own. I’ve become more people friendly and I’m easy to get on with.

*These stories were collected as part of the whole organisation evaluation undertaken by Clear Horizon Consulting. The photographs do not feature the people who took part in the interviews.

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