PAB is run almost entirely by dedicated volunteers (we only have two part time members of staff) so we need many more to ensure that we can not only maintain our level of service, but add to it too. There are many opportunities for volunteering and we support all our volunteers in the different roles they fulfil with training days and with social gatherings. Everyone has a skill they can bring to the PAB – whether that’s a good listener, caring personality, keen sports person or great personality – we will have a role for you!
There are many opportunities for volunteering and we will always try to match a volunteer with a suitable role. Many people wonder what they could bring to a charity – but you would be surprised at the varying roles we need to fulfil to keep our vital work going, from marketing and promotion admin to sighted one on one guiding of a visually impaired member.
Below are just some of the roles that you might be interested in helping us with:
180,000 blind and partially sighted people find it hard to go out alone. We want to reduce the isolation that many people with sight loss experience, rebuilding confidence and getting people out of their homes and back into the community. Through the ‘My Guide’ training scheme, we can train our volunteers to a national standard using a mix of techniques to help you understand what life could be like for a visually impaired person and how best to help them. This is usually done over two half days and is free, fun and interesting. Going on days out or other activities is sometimes impossible without enough sighted guides to assist our members. Would you have time to help out at various events such as coffee mornings, or to take a visually impaired person shopping or for a doctor’s appointment?
Many visually impaired people struggle to leave their homes, making them feel isolated from the community. Lots of these people do not have family living close by so they often feel lonely. Would you have time to call into someone’s house once a week for a coffee and chat?
Ring Round Service
With increased volunteers, we can call our more isolated and house bound members more often for a chat on the phone. If you like a good chat and have a spare hour a week, then this could be perfect for you!
Many of our members would like to attend our various events and activities, but are restricted because of a lack of transport. Would you have time, when needed, to collect someone and take them to an event?
If you don’t feel confident guiding our members, you may have admin skills that could help us run the PAB service, whether that be filing, accounting, writing press articles, helping prepare and send out the newsletters or answering the phones.
Helping at events
If you would prefer to be behind the scenes, perhaps you could help set up and take down one of our events or publicity stands? Maybe you could help organise a social trip or book transport to an event?
Baking and making
Do you have time to make cakes and other things that we can offer or sell at our events?
Young Person volunteers
You’re young. You’re busy. You’ve got friends, school, family, work, sports … So why spend your free time volunteering with the PAB? Volunteering can prove to be a very satisfying and positive experience, helping you to develop new skills and gain confidence. It can also be a great asset to your CV and provide you with a unique experience to discuss at an interview.
Employers are always impressed to see prospective employees actively involved in the world around them and evidence of volunteer work can be valuable when applying for university or further studies, as well as careers in health care, emergency services, local government or social services. Whether you’ve got one hour or six months, we’ll have something you can do, from packing bags or collecting at supermarkets to helping out at events and sporting activities.
If you can spare an hour a week to help the PAB continue its vital service, then please contact the office for more information or complete and return the volunteer application form below.