Scottish War Blinded member David Timmins QGM begins working with fellow members at the Linburn Centre

Posted: 04/04/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

David Timmins QGM (Queen’s Gallantry Medal) joined Scottish War Blinded as member in 2011. David, while serving with the Royal Logistic Corp, 11 Explosive Ordinance Disposal Regiment, lost his right eye as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in 2009 during his second tour of Afghanistan.

Following his recovery at Headley Court, David returned to Scotland to work as a Peer Support Worker with the charity Glasgow’s Helping Heroes.

David said:

“It was a one-stop referral shop for veterans who came in with an issue, or a number of issues, and it was our job to guide them to the right people they should be speaking to in order to find a solution.”

David is now keen to achieve his SVQ Level 3 qualification in Social Care as a means to progress his career and has begun working with fellow Scottish War Blinded members by volunteering at the Linburn Centre. Today, David is shadowing Linburn Centre Officer Keith Tucker who is running a baking skills session.

David describes how the opportunity to volunteer at the Linburn Centre came about:    

“I had a discussion with my Outreach Worker Clare at Scottish War Blinded’s reunion lunch event in Glasgow last year. I told her about trying to attain a SVQ Level 3 in Social Care and how it had proved unsuccessful in my last job. Clare suggested I contact Linburn Centre manager Jim Thomson who could potentially help. Jim said yes, and here I am now volunteering twice a week at the Linburn Centre. Initially, I will be shadowing what the Linburn Centre Officers do here working with the members. Jim’s also very keen that I progress to facilitate something new here which will assist greatly in my course.”

We wish David the best of luck in his studies and will keep you posted on his progress.