We are very excited to introduce Oliver. Oliver is joining the Access Cornwall team as our newest reviewer. Below is a short introduction to Oliver in his own words. we very much look forward to working with him.
Hi, my name is Oliver Goulding, I am 30 years old and I live in Stithians. I have cerebral palsy which affects three of my limbs and means I am unable to walk unaided, so I use a wheelchair most of the time, apart from a walking frame inside. I also have autism and have a severe hearing impairment.
Despite all of this, I am a musician, writing and performing my own music, on an organ, but mainly on an electric guitar. I have played at festivals and am found busking in Truro most weekends. I managed to overcome the disability in my right hand to strum my guitar and use my good hand for playing the chords.
I also love to paint using oil pastels. I like painting the musicians who I admire and inspire me.
I volunteer at the Eden Project, where I help them in the shop. I have helped with marketing by getting the public to do surveys and I am also featured on the access page of their website and on their access leaflets. Every year I am on the disability desk for the Eden Sessions. I help people booking in and then get to watch all the bands play afterwards.
I also volunteer for the National Trust at Trelissick Gardens, where I have helped the garden team for eleven years. I was filmed there for a piece about me on Gardener’s World.
In my spare time, I love to go swimming, usually in Truro, but sometimes at the Jubilee Pool, Penzance. I go bowling and love going to see bands and to the theatre. I also really enjoy visiting art galleries.
I am looking forward to starting at a gym soon to see what I am capable of achieving.
I hope this gives you a bit of an idea about who I am. I’m looking forward to getting out and about and sharing accessibility information so you can enjoy more adventures too.