Hi everyone my name is Donna and I have cerebral palsy with mild learning difficulties, and all four of my limbs are affected. My legs are more affected than my arms so I am a wheelchair user.
When I’m going out and about in public on my own I can walk very short distances and around my house unaided, and if some days are better than others, and I really know where I am going and what is expected of me, I may sometimes use my walking frame.
I became an EPUT volunteer because I was approached by my physio who thought that being an EPUT volunteer would be something I would be good at, as I like to help people in any way I can and share my experience of living with a disability!
In my role as a volunteer I attend many buddy scheme days with allied health professional students and any other engagements where my experience of living with a disability may be able to help others, be it other service users and carers or NHS staff and students.
I really enjoy being an EPUT volunteer as I really really like attending the buddy scheme as I love sharing my thoughts and experiences of living with a disability.
I also really enjoy the opportunity to meet new people who may have similar experiences to myself because being in a family with a disability can sometimes make me feel quite alone. I have also made some really good new friends since being a volunteer which is always good for me!
In my spare time I like to watch snooker, listening to audio books and colouring different pictures or patterns in adult colouring.