SHEFFIELD woman Louise Fawcett fought a battle to overcome dyslexia and managed to get a degree - now after years working for social services she has launched her own service to help blind and partially-sighted people.
The 46-year-old mum is putting her years of experience in social care to use assisting clients with rehabilitation after losing their sight, mobility and orientation training, daily living skills training, communication, information and advice.
The services were launched with an open day for interested people to drop in discuss how Louise can help.
Louise, who lives in Totley and is married to train driver Mark, said: “My goal in life is to help people. I have been a professional in social services for 15 years but was a volunteer before that.”
But years ago, it was Louise herself who found out she had her own problems.
“I went to school at King Ecgbert’s but hated it and really struggled academically.
“After leaving, I had a variety of jobs in places like shops and it was only after I had my second child that I went back to school myself to do open access classes that I found out I was dyslexic.”
But Louise, mother of Daniel, aged 23, and Jade, 21, realised that while she was not suited to heavily academic work, here strengths lay in working with people.
She ended up taking a degree in Communication at the University of Central England, Birmingham.
Her husband and other family members looked after the children while Louise travelled to Birmingham for lectures - and passed the course, leading to her career at the council.
Anyone wanting to find out about Louise’s services for blind and partially-sighted people should call 0114 2351909 or log onto www.sight-loss-services.co.uk.