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Celebrating a remarkable braille volunteer

Sehar Mashiyat, a volunteer braille tutor with leading sight loss charity RNIB, has an impressive story to tell.

Posted Friday, 2 June 2023 News type: News story News type: Your Stories News type: Case study

Volunteer Advisory Council reaches the four nations

I am Joanne Wilson, Volunteer Support Project Manager at RNIB. My role involves leading on Volunteer Engagement including managing the Volunteer Advisory Council and Project Management support in the Volunteering Team.

Posted Thursday, 11 May 2023 News type: News story News type: Blog

Supporting volunteer campaigners to make a difference

Maqsood Sheikh is a Senior Regional Campaigns Officer with RNIB. Maqsood supports volunteer campaigners in the Yorkshire & Humber region with local campaigns about issues affecting blind and partially sighted people ranging from accessible information to transport or any issue the volunteer feels strongly about.

Posted Wednesday, 26 April 2023 News type: Blog

Ray Salmon, age 81, has been volunteering for the last 30 years as a sooty collector for RNIB

He took up volunteering following a long successful career in banking when he took early retirement. Ray is based in South Sheffield, right on the border between South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, about five minutes from Peak District.

Posted Thursday, 20 April 2023 News type: Your Stories News type: Case study

“Making a difference to just one person is so important!” Ken Carson shares his volunteering story

Ken has made a difference to so many as he has supported, encouraged and connected people with sight loss through his volunteer work. Read more below and find out why he has maintained his enthusiasm for RNIB.

Posted Monday, 3 April 2023 News type: Case study News type: Your Stories

RNIB volunteer Carole Birch raises over £170,000

Carole Birch, age 72, is a retired teacher. She has been volunteering for RNIB as a Sooty Collector since 2007 and has collected over £170,000.

Posted Monday, 27 February 2023 News type: Case study News type: Your Stories

One of our volunteers explains how the cost of living crisis has hit them, share your experiences with us

“I want the UK Government to recognise the position that the rising cost of living puts me and other people with sight loss in,” urges one of RNIB’s volunteers as they tell their story below.

Posted Tuesday, 14 February 2023 News type: News story News type: Case study News type: Your Stories

Key insights from the 2022 annual volunteer survey

I am Hannah Baguley, the Volunteering Insight Manager at RNIB and I am responsible for all of the volunteering research that we undertake.

Posted Wednesday, 1 February 2023 News type: Blog

Huda and Alia Hathaf share their volunteering experience

Huda and Alia Hathaf are sisters and based in Wales, they started volunteering in RNIB in the summer of 2020 as Telephone Group Facilitators. They are both studying Optometry at Cardiff University and joined RNIB after their University Lecturer suggested it would be a good place to gain volunteer experience.

Posted Monday, 30 January 2023 News type: Case study News type: Your Stories

Ollie Thomas shares his experience volunteering with RNIB

Ollie Thomas, age 25 (as of November 2022), completed the Vision Awards Programme with RNIB as a volunteer and has enjoyed checking and editing transcriptions for Talking Books. Ollie has found his time with RNIB invaluable - volunteering has developed his skills, experience and understanding of living with sight loss and has enhanced his life.

Posted Wednesday, 4 January 2023 News type: Case study News type: Your Stories