Could you lend a hand?
We are always looking volunteers to support people with low vision around the county. This isn’t a difficult job – we say “spare an hour to share an hour”. Many of our volunteers say they gain a great deal from volunteering with us.
We really value people who can offer their time to help us. There are various tasks and activities where the help of volunteers is invaluable to us. Indeed, we would not be able to offer the range of services we do without our wonderful volunteers. Some of our volunteers visit visually impaired people in their homes to provide good company and carry out small practical tasks. We need people in all areas of the county for this as we always have more people requesting this sort of help than we have volunteers. There is also a need to support those who have a dual sensory loss of hearing and sight.
We are also seeking volunteers to help out in our eye clinics to offer support and information to people with low sight, often at a time when the patients are feeling most vulnerable. This would involve working together with our professional staff to deliver this service.
We also need volunteers to help take equipment out into the community to help with setting up and demonstrating equipment at exhibitions, information points, care homes, day centres, groups and social clubs for visually impaired people. Help with running social clubs is also invaluable. Or perhaps you could help by driving our mini bus by taking service users on outings etc.
If the above does not sound quite right for you, you may like the idea of helping with our fundraising activities, such as helping with collections etc.
All of our volunteers have training in sight awareness and all are encouraged to take further training in hearing impairment awareness so that the needs of deaf/blind people can also be served. Volunteers also receive ongoing support from the Outreach Support staff.
To enable the Charity to continue to grow we need help from the people of Hertfordshire.
We have a number of policies that define our volunteering activities, these can be found on the policies section on our website.
If you can spare a little time to help with any of the above schemes, we would like to hear from you.
Please contact our Sight-Line on 01707 324680 or submit a Volunteer Application form, which can be downloaded via the following link:
As our volunteers who help with our front line services come into contact with vulnerable people, it is our policy to take up references and arrange for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We are sure you will understand the need for these sensible precautions.
As part of the DBS check, a number of identifying documents will need to be provided. These do not need to be submitted until after the Society takes up references, but the list is provided via the link below for information purposes:-