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John Gainham’s story - Community Connection and ECLO volunteering

John Gainham has been volunteering in the West Midlands, originally supporting the local ECLO service and then volunteering with Community Connection at the Erdington Sight Loss Support group. John took the time to speak with us on his last day of volunteering to share some of his experiences and why he won’t rule out coming back to volunteer.

Posted Thursday, 11 April 2024 News type: News story

"Volunteering has done wonders for me" Burak tells us about his volunteering experiences

Burak, age 43 (as of February 2024), was diagnosed with Glaucoma aged two years old. He has lived with deteriorating vision since, resulting in challenges finding employment and him feeling aimless. Burak volunteers for RNIB’s Technology for Life team and is a member of the Volunteer Advisory Council. He credits volunteering with giving him a purpose and a sense of pride at the end of each day.

Posted Wednesday, 13 March 2024 News type: Article

Keeping in Touch for volunteers

The Keeping in Touch for volunteers sessions are back for 2024 for our amazing RNIB volunteers. These events take place online, three times a year and our open to all current RNIB volunteers.

Posted Wednesday, 6 March 2024 News type: News story

Inverness resident leads the way with sight loss walking group

An Inverness resident, supported by a national sight loss charity, meets monthly with other blind and partially sighted locals for a wander around Inverness city centre.

Posted Friday, 26 January 2024 News type: Press release

RNIB’s Commitment to Volunteer Wellbeing

At RNIB we recognise the importance of supporting our volunteer’s wellbeing. Volunteers are the backbone of the organisation, supporting blind and partially people with unwavering commitment and dedication in a variety of roles. We want to share the various opportunities we offer in the wellbeing space.

Posted Wednesday, 29 November 2023 News type: News story

2023: A year of volunteering with RNIB

Volunteering with RNIB makes a difference in the lives of blind and partially sighted people every year. 2023 is no different. Over 3,300 volunteers supported RNIB throughout the last financial year, including 996 people with lived experience of sight loss. No matter how much or how little time people have to gift, we value each and every volunteer’s contribution through delivering services, campaigning for change, raising funds, sharing lived experience, governing our charity and so much more.

Posted Tuesday, 21 November 2023 News type: Case study News type: Your Stories

“I am not just making a difference in a single day, it is long term”

Fanny Martin is a RNIB volunteer who talks about looking for volunteering outside of working hours and the fulfilment she finds in her role with the youth group in Edinburgh.

Posted Wednesday, 1 November 2023 News type: Case study News type: Your Stories

“Volunteering is absolutely crucial”, Anita tells us about being a Products for Life volunteer

Anita Nicholls, age 65, was working as a credit controller before getting made redundant. Now she works in RNIB’s shop, engaging with customers and demonstrating how products work. She finds volunteering very rewarding and a valuable way to spend her time.

Posted Monday, 23 October 2023 News type: News story

Praise for Mark ‘the miracle worker’ who has helped people come to terms with sight loss for 20 years

Patients and colleagues have been queuing up to congratulate a caring father who has supported people with sight loss in Luton and Bedfordshire for 20 years.

Posted Wednesday, 27 September 2023 News type: Press release

RNIB Connect Radio volunteer Roger Cole talks to us about his experiences

RNIB volunteer Roger Cole shares his experiences that led to him to become a popular host of two RNIB Connect Radio shows and the full-circle moments that have connected him to some favourite musicians and back to Buckingham Palace for another historical event.

Posted Thursday, 24 August 2023