Hi, I’m Vanessa Cowell. I describe myself as the Medusa of the team, (for the right reasons!) This is because I have a very varied role.
I can be doing anything from providing Low Vision Services at Princess Alexandra Hospital, I am a qualified Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) so provide information, advice, emotional support at Princess Alexandra Hospital and also look after all out other ECLOs. I undertake home visits and am able to help in many aspects of someone life at home and outside, with equipment, particularly my obsession with providing good lighting.
Assisting people with the benefit system is a large part of my role as it is a difficult path for someone to undertake on their own. I am the trainer for Sighted Guiding, Visual Awareness Training and undertake many different training sessions for our many wonderful volunteers.
Oh, there are many other things I do and so that’s why I say Medusa!! I drive a lot of miles in my role and my colleague Paul is always nervous when I call the centre and say “I’ve been thinking!!” Its usually for a positive reason.
I am extremely passionate about helping anyone who has a visual impairment and will always go as far as I can with that support for that person and their families. Looking outside the box is something I love to do!