Common questions about volunteering

How much time would I have to give? What skills do I need? How do I apply? Find out the answers to these common questions about volunteering with RNIB.

How do I apply?

Take a look through the volunteer roles available in your region. When you have found a role you'd like to apply for, complete our application form (Word 79KB) and send it to volunteering@rnib.org.uk and one of our friendly team will be in touch.

If you would like the application form in a different format (such as standard print, large print, braille or audio) or if you have any questions about a role, contact the Volunteering Team by email volunteering@rnib.org.uk or telephone on 0845 60 30 575 or 01733 375450.

How much time would I have to give?

Your volunteering time depends on you and which volunteer role you undertake for us. Some people volunteer every day, others volunteer for just a few hours per week and some decide to volunteer for one-off events and activities.

We try to match your availability as far as we can and any time that you can give, no matter how small, is always very much appreciated.

What support and training will I get?

Volunteers are given support from their manager and colleagues. Our training includes an induction, Understanding Sight Loss pack as well as any role specific training that you may need.

How can I help?

Volunteering roles can involve a wide range of tasks and activities. Such as administration, campaigning, fundraising, and befriending.

Have a look through the range of volunteer roles available in your region. We also have special events available throughout the year which usually involve something a little bit different.

What skills do I need?

Some roles may need special or technical skills and knowledge, others may require good personal skills and abilities such as empathy and concern for the welfare of others.

In many cases however, the skills you will need can be developed while volunteering, with help from a supervisor or manager and other volunteers and staff.

I am blind, can I volunteer?

You can certainly volunteer with RNIB Group. We encourage applications from diverse cultures and people with disabilities.

If you would like the volunteer application form in a format such as large print, braille or audio or if you have any questions about a role, contact the Volunteering Team by email volunteering@rnib.org.uk or telephone on 0845 60 30 575 or 01733 375450.

I am under 18, can I volunteer?

Yes, you can, although a few of our roles do have age restrictions. Information about specific requirements can be found in each volunteering role description or you can contact us for more information by email volunteering@rnib.org.uk or telephone on 0845 60 30 575 or 01733 375450.

Will I be paid expenses?

You will be entitled to reimbursement of all reasonable expenses so that you are not left out of pocket. We will ask you to produce receipts and travel tickets and complete a simple claim form.

Can I volunteer while claiming benefits?

Yes, volunteering does not affect your benefits and there are no limits to the amount of time you can volunteer as long as you continue to meet the conditions of the benefit you receive.

Get more information from the gov.uk website about volunteering and benefits.

Who can be my referees?

Two people you have known for at least two years and aged 18 or over who can provide character references. They must not be a family member/partner/boyfriend/girlfriend nor live in the same household as you.

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