Meet Olli

I’m Oliver Stevenson. 

I’m registered as blind, but that doesn’t make me who I am. 

I’m very interested in languages and I’ve studied them since I was twelve. I speak French and Spanish fluently, and Klingon (when I’m drunk).  

I love word games and playing with words, things like anagrams. 

I live in Cirencester, the capital of the Cotswolds in Roman Times. I love it, it’s very centrally located because of the Roman roads, and I’m very happy here. 

I had a guide dog called Yorkie and he retired two years ago. He was just the best thing that ever happened to me. He got me out when I probably wouldn’t have been bothered and he made me more sociable by introducing me to loads of people by stopping and sniffing them. He became a bit of a legend in Cirencester – everyone seemed to know him. He was just a wonderful dog, so clever. I’m so amazed by how well trained they are and all they can do. I’m a volunteer for Cirencester Guide Dogs and am starting to become a volunteer fundraiser for them, so I can do more to help. 

I did a skydive and raised money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, because that was the disease my dad had. He died last year and he was the bravest man I know – it’s such a hard disease. I jumped out of the plane at 15,000 feet and had no fear at all. The guy on the plane said, “I can’t believe you’re so calm and collected” and I said, “It’s because I can’t see how far up I am!” 

I’ve recently got into cooking and I’m challenging myself to make more things. I’m making my own curries, desserts, cakes and things. I just made a lime and mascarpone cheesecake my mum used to make for us and it was lovely.

I’m part of Write Up Your Street because I’m interested in things that are happening locally and I want people to hear good news stories in the region, because we hear far too many bad things that are going on and nobody seems to focus on the good things. I love being part of a community as well. It really helps to lift me up and give me things to do, so I want to promote my community as much as possible. I love this group of people as they are all as crazy as I am!

I have my own blog and you can find me online here an follow me on Twitter @BlindspotBlogUK

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