“I've learnt a huge amount about how sight loss can change your life, but I did not realise how volunteering would add an extra dimension to my own life. I’ve loved every minute!”
We rely on the help and dedication of volunteers to support the wide range of services that we provide, and we recognise the huge contribution our volunteers make to the effectiveness of our organisation.
Volunteer roles cover a range of activities from administration to working directly with service users who are visually impaired. Whether you can commit a couple of hours a month or a day a week, there is something to suit everyone, wherever you live, and whatever your age and experience.
We have listed some of the roles we are seeking below, but if you would like to have an informal chat about possible opportunities which might be right for you, please call us on 01380 739 113 or email [email protected].
Alternatively, fill in the form at the bottom of this page and we will contact you.
Current vacancies include:
We are looking for individuals with expertise in HR, finance, legal and contracting, and communications to join our Board of Trustees. Individually, all Trustees should have organisational or management experience, or should be able to bring valuable insights and perspectives which support our work with blind and partially-sighted people across the West of England. Whilst we welcome applications from anyone who meets our selection criteria, we are particularly interested to receive applications from people who are living with visual impairment, as we aim to ensure that a significant proportion of the Board have lived experience of sight loss.
Social Group Leaders
We are looking for friendly, sociable and committed people to help develop our social groups across Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, which give people living with sight loss the chance to meet socially in a safe but public environment.. Groups take place on a regular day, usually monthly, and are held in cafes and pubs. Group leaders would be the first point of contact for members to find out information on upcoming meetings and will liaise with VWE staff on any follow-up required with members.
Reception Volunteers - Devizes
Receptionists are the first contact our clients and professionals have when they contact us. At our Wiltshire Sight resource centre in Devizes, we are seeking volunteers to help provide reception cover and assist with information advice and guidance. The role is to meet and greet visitors to the centre, answer the phones including the helpline and forward email messages to staff. Full training will be given. This role requires somebody who is friendly and approachable, with good listening and communication skills.
Collection Box Coordinators – Across Wiltshire, Bristol and South Gloucs
Help support our fundraising on a local level by joining our community team as a Collection Box Coordinator. The role involves: building relationships with local retailers and front-line staff to ensure our collection boxes get the best spot in the house; record and bank donations collected; seek new venues and opportunities for collection box placement in your local area. This role requires somebody who has good communication skills. Friendly, confident and outgoing with good organisational skills.
Volunteer Drivers - Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire
Many of our clients are isolated and find it difficult to get out of the house. We are currently seeking volunteer drivers to help collect clients from their homes and take them to events and social activities. This would be an ad-hoc role, as required, and of course when you are available. The role will involve driving clients from their home to the venue, staying with them during the event, potentially acting as a sighted guide, and driving home afterwards. Fuel costs will be covered, but a clean driving licence is required.
Admin Support – Bristol Office
We are looking for a 'sighted pair of hands' to provide admin support in our Bristol office. The role would involve ensuring resource information is kept up to date, data entry, supporting clients with form-filling, general research tasks and sending out mail to members.
Friday Activity Group Assistant - Devizes
Our weekly Friday Group take part in a variety of activities including crafts, painting, knitting, quizs and board games. We need volunteers to join our dedicated team who support the running of this group on a weekly basis. Experience working with those with challenges would be advantageous.
Ad-hoc Maintenance Support - Devizes
Wiltshire Sight’s building and grounds, like any property require maintenance. We would love to find volunteers who could provide occasional support with task such as assembling furniture, gardening, DIY and general maintenance.
“My confidence was quite low before I started helping in the office, but in no time at all, I had refreshed old skills and my confidence was restored. I have now returned to work with renewed confidence and having made some new friends along the way!”
If you would like to find out more about our volunteering opportunities, fill in the form below and we will contact you. Alternatively, call us on 0117 322 4885 or 01380 739 113.