YOUR CHAR­ITY MAN­AGER

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Name: Alan Chap­pell Where do you live?: Mac­cles­field. Which char­ity do you sup­port?: Mac­cles­field Eye So­ci­ety; sup­port­ing peo­ple af­fected by sight loss across East Cheshire. Bio: I am the char­ity man­ager, and I’m re­spon­si­ble for the day-to-day run­ning of the char­ity, strate­gic de­vel­op­ment as well as mak­ing more peo­ple across East Cheshire aware of the ser­vices and sup­port they can re­ceive from us. In or­der to sup­port peo­ple af­fected by sight loss we pro­vide ad­vice and sup­port with IT and equip­ment that might help make life eas­ier, help peo­ple get ac­cess to train­ing that might im­prove their con­fi­dence with tech­nol­ogy that might be new to them, in­for­ma­tion and sup­port about fi­nance and ben­e­fits for peo­ple in work, un­em­ployed or retired. We also pro­vide free ad­vice and sup­port at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing a regular pres­ence at the Eye Clinic, we run regular and one-off so­cial groups and ac­tiv­i­ties and can ar­range home vis­its to dis­cuss needs in­clud­ing a vol­un­teer-led be­friend­ing ser­vice which can of­fer regular con­tact and emo­tional sup­port for peo­ple who are pre­dom­i­nantly house­bound. What in­spired you to do this?: I want to use my knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to ben­e­fit or­gan­i­sa­tions like char­i­ties that are sup­port­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, and had a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in the work of Mac­cles­field Eye So­ci­ety be­cause I was aware of the ef­fects of sight loss on a num­ber of fam­ily mem­bers and friends. What do you en­joy most about do­ing this?: Meet­ing and work­ing with a range of re­ally nice peo­ple and be­ing able to make a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives. Any plans for the fu­ture?: We are look­ing to pro­vide a wider range of ser­vices to a greater num­ber of peo­ple, mak­ing more peo­ple aware of what we do and hope­fully en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple to vol­un­teer with us. We are run­ning our third an­nual Vision Day at Mac­cles­field Town Hall on Fri­day, May 12 – a chance for peo­ple to come along free of charge to find out what ser­vices and sup­port are avail­able from lo­cal sight loss char­i­ties, or­gan­i­sa­tions and equip­ment sup­pli­ers. Where is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field?: As a dog walker there are many places that are amaz­ing around Mac­cles­field, but pos­si­bly the best is Teggs Nose Coun­try Park. What was the best hol­i­day you have been on?: I’ve recently been to Norway hunt­ing the North­ern Lights, which were ab­so­lutely amaz­ing and stun­ning. What one piece of ad­vice would you give?: Lis­ten to ad­vice, but make your own mind up and never re­gret your de­ci­sions. Mac­cles­field Eye So­ci­ety: 15 Queen Vic­to­ria Street, Mac­cles­field, SK11 6LP. T: 01625 422602 info@mac­cles­field­eye­so­ci­ety.org.uk Face­book – Mac­cles­field Eye So­ci­ety Twit­ter @ Mac­cEyeSo­ci­ety www.mac­cles­field­eye­so­ci­ety.org.uk We are al­ways pleased to hear from any­body who is in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing.

Alan Chap­pell in MES Re­source Cen­tre - Char­ity Man­ager of Mac­cles­field Eye So­ci­ety

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