Campaigners Convention

June 3, 2010

I’m glad to see that again this year the The Royal National Institute of Blind People is hosting another campaigners convention.It’s again being held at the www.abs.aston.ac.uk/conferenceaston/ , which is part of Aston University Next Saturday and Sunday, 12 and 13th June..

This was very helpful last year for networking with other campaigners in our region and for building skills to improve my own campaigning knowhow.

It’s just a shame there wasn’t more notice given for this one.

I’m quite excited as I haven’t been away anywhere in a while, and I love meeting new people.

I’m also going as a self-appointed representative of people with multiple disabilities.

I actually quite like travelling, despite my disabilities. I find it interesting to see how I cope with various obstacles. Sometimes while things are happening actually doing the obstacles ain’t all that rosy, but the experience is good and adds to my storehouse of knowledge, to hopefully help me to do the same things or similar ones better next time they crop up, and to help others who may be going through the same challenges as me, hopefully with less hardship than I did!

I’ll blog about it as things happen.

I’ll leave you with a bit of a mishap from last year’s convention.

I’m on growth hormone injections, which used to have to go in the fridge. Hence, I travelled with a couple of ice packs in the case with the drugs to keep them cool.

On arrival I asked for my icepacks to go in the freezer, which the staff duely did. However, when it dcame time to leave I asked for them and was told they couldn’t be found.

After a bit of a delay and much fuming on my part, the right person was summoned, the icepacks retrieved, my face returning to its usual shape from being in a permanent glare, and we got under way.

Suffice it to say, I’m glad I don’t need to keep my drugs in the fridge this time. I’m on a different preparation, which means I can just take the syringe out of its pack and use it.

No more icepacks!

It has to be said however that in all other cases, including finding a fridge for my room for storing said drugs,RNIB and Conference Centre staff really pulled out the stops for me.

I remember thinking that I should write the campaigns team a letter of thanks for all their help over the weekend, but as with a lot of my creative ideas they never go anywhere.

So this year, I will:

  1. rite up my notes in a timely manner
  2. not shy away from volunteering to do things for projects
  3. do things with a smile on my face.
  4. Keep things in perspective when considering me vs others.

That’s me about done for now folks.

Please do comment to let me know you’re reading.

Also, what would you like to see me cover?

What am I doing well, or not so well?

Note: I have a miscreant little tag that I can’t remove, so go ignore away.

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4 Responses to “Campaigners Convention”

  1. torie Says:

    Hey Ezzie. Just letting you know that i am in the process of moving my blog from Live journal to Blogger. Great post by the way!!!!! Glad it went okay.

    Xxxx

  2. mark wright Says:

    Hi erica really good blog, i have been trying to get involved with some volunteering too in my own area but there isnt much around sadly, keep up the great work and look forward to reading your blog

    • Ezzie Says:

      Hi there
      good to hear from you. Thanks for the good wishes. I’m sorry to hear you’re having such hard luck finding voluntary work, it’s tough having nothing to do. Am I right in thinking you have some kind of work placement a couple of days a week?
      If you haven’t tried them already, have you been to your local council for voluntary service or volunteer organisation?
      A directory of these can be found here: http://webdb.navca.org.uk/SearchResults.aspx?quickSearch=
      You may have to copy and paste the link as for me at least it goes onto two lines.
      Take care.


  3. wow! interesting, and to think i thought the UK was more accessible. btw, what do u use to blog with? i find the most accessible way is use the email and blog with microsoft outlook. nice meeting u, and i sure hope that we can mingle!


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