Listen in to celebrate Volunteers' Week with RNIB Connect Radio

Post date: 
Tuesday, 1 June 2021
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Listen in to RNIB Connect Radio as we celebrate Volunteers’ Week and say thanks to RNIB volunteers for the contribution they make.

RNIB's volunteers make a big difference to people living with sight loss and this Volunteers' Week (1-7 June 2021) we are saying thank you to every single RNIB volunteer for giving their time, energy and commitment to support our work – particularly, at a time of great change and challenges for us all.

Connect Radio will feature interviews with RNIB's Chief Executive Matt Stringer and a range of our volunteers, including a Sooty Box Collector, to show how much impact they are having on the lives of blind and partially sighted people. The interviews will be broadcast from Tuesday 1 June as part of the Daily Connect show (10am –12pm).

Yvonne Milne, RNIB Connect Radio Station Manager, said: "We want RNIB volunteers to feel appreciated and thanked and that their contribution makes a difference to people with sight loss. RNIB is a great place to volunteer and our interviews should make people feel inspired and motivated to take action to find out more. Without volunteers supporting our work, we couldn’t offer our range of services to people with sight loss."

As well as via Freeview 730 and online, you can find RNIB Connect Radio through smart devices. You can even say "Alexa, listen to RNIB Connect Radio" to an Alexa-enabled device. 

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event with comms and activities every year focused on celebrating the contribution and impact of volunteers around the country. To find out more about become a volunteer with RNIB contact us at [email protected] or call us on 0303 123 9999.

National Volunteers' Week 2021 on RNIB Connect Radio

1 June: Matt Stringer and Andy Moyes

RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell speaks to Matt Stringer, CEO of RNIB, and Andy Moyes, Volunteer Co-Ordinator at the IvyBridge Transcription Centre, to find out how the charity has supported its volunteers in new roles and how they are looking forward to the ending of restrictions.

2 June: Brittany Stead and Sidney Tambin

Brittany Stead and Sidney Tambin, who began volunteering with RNIB to build their skills, confidence and employability chances, are interviewed to talk about their roles as Community Connect Coordinators. 

3 June: Carl McGee and Bruce Christie

RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell talks to Carl McGee – a volunteer with RNIB Scotland who runs some of the charity's phone groups – and Bruce Christie, who has received support from RNIB as he deals with losing his sight.

4 June: Jo Keller and Paul Goddard

Jo Keller, Head of Volunteering and Resources for RNIB, and Sooty Box collector Paul Goddard tells us about two different aspects of volunteering. Jo tells us about how anyone can get involved in volunteering and Paul explains what he gets from giving his time to a charity that has also supported him.