Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering with us is a great way to make a difference to the lives of people with sight loss. We can offer you the opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people and feel part of your local community.

Share your skills and develop new ones

There are many ways that you can either share your skills or gain new ones. Some roles may need good communication skills or administration skills, while others may need technical skills and knowledge.

We offer training and support for all our roles, and you'll be picking up new skills while volunteering with us.  

Skills for employment

Volunteering is a great way to gain skills to help you find employment. When you sign up to volunteer with us we will chat with you about what you would like to gain from your experience, and then help you to find ways to develop new skills to enhance your CV.

Feel part of your local community and change lives

When you volunteer with us you'll get the chance to meet lots of amazing people and feel part of a community that offer a range of support to people affected by sight loss.

Steven Downes, Children’s group volunteer in Huddersfield:

“I think my position as a volunteer is quite vital, really, to help the kids, be a role model to them.  I get a lot out of seeing people grow and develop and seeing their personality come alive.” 

Find out about Steven's role, and what's its like to volunteer with us in Steven's volunteering video.

Our volunteers come from a range of backgrounds

We encourage volunteer applications from diverse cultures and people with disabilities.

We can offer support if you need it and will discuss how we can support you when you sign up to volunteer with us. For example, we can include information in alternative formats, such as large print, Braille or audio.

You can volunteer in many of our roles if you are under 18 and information about specific requirements can be found in each volunteer role description or you can contact us for more information by emailing