Our first Parent Braille Club takes place TONIGHT! So here’s an introduction to our fabulous mentors who will be supporting the parents enrolled on the course.

Mentors will be on hand to share their own experiences of Braille, to offer support and encouragement, to swap tips and ideas, and to talk about how Braille is relevant for them today in their adult lives.

At our bi-weekly drop-in and support sessions, mentors will talk about how they use Braille and why they are so passionate about it.

Introducing Andrea

Image shows Andrea on the left hand-side, sat on a beach wearing a vibrant red jacket with fur-lined hood, with an arm around her gorgeous golden labrador guide dog. Sea and cliffs just in the background.
Andrea with gorgeous guide dog, Sam

“I’m Andrea, I work for Nat West and am passionate about this course because without Braille I wouldn’t be able to do my job. My mum is blind and a Braillist but I still didn’t want to learn it! I started when I was 10 as they said I was going to go completely blind, but I was slow and wasn’t fluent until I was about 14. I learned in school and then my mum would check it over. We have been writing Braille letters to each other and we still criticise each other’s Braille!”

Introducing Megan

Image shows a smiling Megan sat in front of a red sofa. Lovely Layla, her guide dog, sits in front of her.
Megan with lovely guide dog Layla

“My name is Megan and I’m 28. Blind from birth, I have used Braille from an early age. It has been instrumental to my love of literature which began with braille volumes consumed under the covers in childhood! I am looking forward to helping you make sense of the dotty stuff and hopefully giving you some idea of how much fun it can all be.”

Introducing Nathan

Image shows a head and shoulders shot of Nathan, smiling at the camera wearing a black and grey crew neck top.

“My name is Nathan, I’m 31 and from  Oxford. I am a Look Mentor, a client advice officer at the Oxfordshire Association for the Blind, and the founder of Blind Ice Hockey UK. I started learning braille during Covid19 and have completed grade 2. I am still building my skills but am very passionate about braille and integrating it into my daily life. I can read by touch and by sight when heavily magnified.”

Introducing Natalie

Image shows Natalie smiling at the camera wearing a fab purple t-shirt that says: 'I am not short, I'm just concentrated. Awesome!'

“I’m Natalie, I’m 23, a Maths Masters student and Assistive Tech person at the BBC. There’s a dangerous myth about Braille that Braille is outdated and not useful. I don’t think it needs to be boring! I started learning Braille when I was 9 and would play games with myself to help me learn. It’s great to know that parents want to be involved and help their children. The Braille Club will help people learn and will make it fun and interesting.”

Introducing Lacey

Image shows Lacey, smiling at the camera, wearing a blue t-shirt and jeans and sat on a very comfy-looking black sofa!

“I am Lacey and I am one of the Mentors at Look. I am 25 from the West Midlands and have been a Mentor with Look for two years. I was born blind and have been a braillist since I began learning when I was 9. I have studied Special Needs and Inclusion Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and have been playing music since picking up the flute when starting secondary school. I am excited to be part of this course with you and I am looking forward to meeting you very soon.”

Introducing Lorna

Image shows Lorna sat on a plush mustard-colour velvet antique sofa, playing the acoustic guitar and singing into a microphone.

“Braille has not always been my favourite thing, but I have always appreciated the value of it. I was born totally blind. I started Braille at the start of school. My mum and Nan both learned it too and took the exam. In school they tried to make me read and I never loved it and I’m not the fastest Braillist in the world, but I do still use it and it gives independence.”

Introducing Karina

“My name is Karina and I have been a mentor with LOOK UK since November 2019. I learned Braille when I was 4 and use it throughout my life. I am looking forward to supporting you on your journey learning Braille and look forward to meeting you.”

Introducing Mariam

“Hi, I’m Mariam. I am 26 years old and started to learn Braille from the age of 4/5. I use Braille frequently and I am excited that others are wanting to learn. Looking forward to starting the sessions and meeting you all soon.”

We are looking forward to seeing you all at tonight’s session! The course outline and details can be found here.