Zero To Hero:National Citizin Service Talk

I’ve been really slacking on my
Zero to hero posts
Oops. The wordpress app is working on my ipad again so i can post from here at least. It’s not working on my iphone yet though.

On Saturday i was asked to do a talk to about 200 young people at the titanic centre Belfast. It was a woman from
Volunteer now
Who asked me. It was for the national cytizins Service program or
Which is a program for 15 to 17 year olds. It is only in Northern Ireland for a short time. The young people do a month program. They go on a residential and they do things like team building and stuff. They have to then create a social action project. This could be things like doing work for charity, to collecting things for the homeless.

On Saturday the young people were collecting their certifficates and then some of them were collecting their 200 hours for volunteering under the mellenium volunteers scheme.

The day didn’t start until about 2 o’clock. There was a volunteer fair first of all, before the main awards. I would first of all like to say a huge thank you to Eamer who was from
Cooperation Ireland
Who helped deliver the ncs program. She stayed with me from i arrived right up until the end. She made sure i had whatever i needed, along with making sure i knew what was happening throughout the day. She even showed me the layout of the room before i was due to do my presentation. When i did my talk, which had to be prepared, she possitioned me correctly at the lecturn, and even carried my guide dogs award up which the volunteer now people wanted me to show off. I wasn’t as nervous as i thought i would be, even though the minister for social development was there as well as the young people. I had to talk about when i started volunteering, and i had to incoporate some of the values of ncs such as mixing with people from different social backgrounds, and chalenging yourself.

We also had a talk by a young person who was now the ncs ambasador for Northern Ireland, along with a performance from Conor Scott who was from the voice.

It was a great day and i got a £50 amazon voucher and a little badge from cooperation ireland. Both are presented in lovely boxes too. The box looks like it is something that would be given to big corporate donners or something.
Here is a picture of the lovely presentation box for the badge.

This is a picture of the presentation box.  It was especially commissioned by cooperation ireland for people who had helped out or whatever.  It says Slim Barrot on the front

This is the lovely black pouch the badge is presented in.  It has the Slim Barrot logo in silver

Finally here is the box the voucher came in. I have no idea what i will buy though lol.

This is tha amazon presentation box for the voucher.  It has an orange ribbon around it.

I would like to thank volunteer now and cooperation Ireland for inviting me. I would also like to thank the young people for listening to me and the colleraine ncs crowd who took me home since they had an almost empty bus. It was such a great day.

Zero To Hero:”Out Of The Whirl Pool” By Sue Martin

I haven’t posted for the Zero to hero in a while but to be fair it’s been just about tweeking your layout and such.

I finished a book the other day called “out of the whirl pool” by Sue Martin. In the early days, i’d read some of the chapters of the book and was hooked. Normally i don’t like audio books, especially ones read by the authors, but Sue has a nice drawl to her voice. The book grips you right from the start. At the start i didn’t want to read about it because it dealt with sucide but i am glad i did stick with it. Sue has had a hell of a roller coaster of a life and i think she still has much more to write. I caught myself smiling when i read about her orientation and mobility training. I thought of my own training i had when i first learnt to use the cane. I can still remember that day. I even thought back to school when i learnt braille.

When i read her early chapters there were different details, but the audio book now has the little details smoothed out. It must have been so hard for Sue to write her story. I thought it was cool she remembered all the details.

I am so glad i read it. If you would like to read the book, or buy it, i should say,
You can go to her website
Where you can read more of her blog.

Can’t wait for the next book, Sue.

Zero To Hero:Why Do We Fear The Blind

Todays post was only really about getting blogs to read so i thought i’d post
This article
Abbout the fear that seems to surround blindness. It is quite a shocking article about how blind people are still treated in the likes of India and Affrica.

I always think it is so important that people know that we’re not scary. I would always say that if you have any questions it’s better to get them answered rather than being scared and believing things you read about blind people. I do a lot of talks to schools about having a guide dog and i think the the kids should be allowed to ask questions. Kids will ask questions adults are afraid of like “how long have you been blind?” or “how do you cook?” for example. The amount of parents that will rush their kids away from a blind person, or anyone with a disability for that matter is just horrible.

When i am out on the street the amount of adults who would ask me a question then trail off when it comes to the horrible b word. I once had someone who nearrly ran down the street when she asked me how long i’d been blind. It was actually she asked me if i saw something. I told her to wait and explained that i used words like “See” or “look”. IIt’s so annoying when people pussy foot around with certain words they should use in case they offend me.

I remember one woman who came up and was chatting away to me when i was waiting for a train. She started telling me about her cousin who was blind. I asked her if he would considder getting a guide dog. She informed me that he had passed away and then just burst in to tears. I told her that i didn’t mean to upset her. She said that i hadn’t upset her but she was so thankful that she had sight. I could have cried myself so i just hugged her.

I think what i’m really trying to say is that blindness isn’t something to be feared. We won’t explode if you mention the b word, and underneath the blindness is a person just like everyone else. You might even find you can relate to us once you get past that barrier of us being blind. If you ever see a blind person in the street, ask them if they need help, for example. Most of the time we will decline politely, but of course you do get some ignorant blind people like everyone else. Don’t let that put you off. Don’t put us up on a pedistil either. Yes it does take a bit of adapting if you do lose your sight, but we’re not brave or couragious just because we do things slightly differently.

I know this is kind of preaching to the converted, but really there is nothing to fear from us.

I hope this post maybe makes you realise that all you can do is ask. I would say ask away, in fact.

Sorry this post is kind of flown together and it doesn’t sound that good, but i hope it helps someone out there who fumbles for the right things to say or do when they meet a blind person.

Zero To Hero:Guide Dog Awards Pictures

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Post was a hard one. It was all about writing what was on your mind when you were writing a post or writing a post you’ve been holding back. I’ve been holding this one back for a while so thought i’d post. I emailed the posts so i’m not too sure if they all posted. I can’t seem to add alt text so i’m hoping you’ll still know what they are. Unfortunately they have the photographers contact details on them. If you can’t see them or don’t know what they are i’ll try and post them individually.

Zero To Hero:titles

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Post is all about creating the title and tagline of your blog but since i’ve already got mine, i thought i’d write about why i have my title and tagline. I don’t know why i called my blog "The average blog by an average blogger" but the name’s kind of stuck. I guess 16 year old self thought that my blog was no better than anyone elses and i guess that’s kind of true. I don’t believe in making my blog sound like it’s better than anyone elses. My blog is just a blog in among the millions of other blogs around the internet. If people stop by, then happy days. If they don’t, then i suppose that’s okay too. I wouldn’t have a clue what to call it now if i did change it which i have thought about doing but haven’t managed yet.

When i was on Live journal my blog was called "a good dose of nerdiness with a pinch of salt" lol. I couldn’t remember what it was called but when i moved it kind of didn’t suit. When i was 16 i liked medical terms a lot so i think that was why i called it that. I can’t really remember.

My tag line is just that. It’s just everything and anything comes in to my head really. Sometimes it’s guide dog related, sometimes it’s music related, or sometimes it’s just a rant. In my early blogging days, i used to post a lot about
The archers
But soon stopped that. It was mainly the weeks spoilers so i then decided that people wouldn’t want to read that on my blog.

I can’t think of what else to write, so i hope that anyone new who comes along likes my little "average blog" and sticks it out and doesn’t just decide not to read when they see the title. Never judge a book by its cover, as they say.

I’m actually amazed about how much writing it just flowing out of me when normally i struggle to get motivated. See you tomorrow for the next challenge.

Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog:Introductions

Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog.

I decided i’d take part in this chalenge run by wordpress for the fun of it. Plus it sounds cool.

Todays topic is Introductions. I just looked there and when i was moving my blog i chose not to move the very first post because it was so bad. I was 16 when i first started blogging. 16, wow. I don’t know why i started it up. I think i was so bored. My writing was so so immature too. I had to start each post with “hi” and i ended it with something like “Take care, xxx”. I’m so ashamed to be even writing that lol. I just use that for emails now.

When i first started blogging i was on
Live journal
A few years later, i moved to
But moved again because it became inaccessible. Unfortunately not as many of my blogger readers came with me.

I guess i still keep blogging because i want to record what i hope will be interesting thoughts about life in general. Sometimes i think of giving it up because i hardly ever write and i have barely any readers but the way i look at it is i don’t really know who could be reading but not commenting as sometimes i will do that too.

I look forward to the other posts that will be posted. I hope maybe i’ll get more readers or just that my existing readers will come along for the ride. I don’t know if i’ll be able to stick it out but i’ll certainly try :). Read the rest of this entry »