Benefits of volunteering with us

You'll be making a huge difference to the lives of people living with sight loss, get to meet new people, share and develop your skills, and become part  of your local c​ommunity.

Discover why you should volunteer with us, including the opportunity to develop new skills, meeting new people and feeling part of your local community. 


1. 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. 

"I have learned to not be afraid of interacting with blind and partially sighted people in case I say or do the wrong thing!" - Lisa Finnikin, Counselling volunteer

2. 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.


3. 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.

“I think my position as a volunteer is quite vital, to help the kids and be a role model to them. I get a lot out of seeing people grow and develop and seeing their personality come alive.” - St​even Downes, children's group volunteer

4. 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.

We also have a large number of volunteers who are blind and partially sighted, who have found that the experience has helped them overcome barriers they used to face. Get in touch with us, if you'd like to find out more about volunteering with us as a blind and partially sighted person.

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 [email protected]

Volunteer impact report

RNIB volunteers are involved in all areas of our work, and with your help we can provide even more support.

Find out the impact our volunteers had on us in 2015 by reading the volunteer impact report.

If you're not yet a volunteer, but would like to get involved, search and apply for an opportunity near you today.