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Sight Action has employed a Volunteer Co-ordinator since 2009 and since that time the volunteers have increasingly played a crucial role in the organisation.

Do you want to:

  • Feel good about yourself?
  • Meet new people and make more friends?
  • Give help and support to make our communities a better place?
  • Gain skills and experience and improve your CV?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions and would like to find out a little more please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01463 233663

Volunteering Q & A

Why do people volunteer?

People volunteer for lots of different reasons and there is not a wrong or a right answer to this but these are just some of the reasons:

  • Meet new people
  • Make new friends
  • Provide help and support to people
  • Get involved in the community
  • Gain new skills and experiences
  • Update your CV
  • Feel better about yourself. Volunteering can improve your health.

What will I get out of volunteering?

You will learn new things, develop your skills and gain valuable work experience. It is also a fun way to make friends, build your confidence and help other people.

What skills do I need to volunteer?

This really depends on what you do with us.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone aged 16 or over can apply to volunteer with us.

How much time do I have to give as a volunteer?

Sight Action has a number of different opportunities which vary in the amount of time that volunteers are required to give. These range from a couple of hours a month to a regular fortnightly commitment required from volunteers who train as befrienders.

Do you offer training to volunteers?

  • All the volunteers have to attend an induction morning with the Co-ordinator and then attend a session on Visual Awareness.
  • Sighted Guiding is also provided for volunteers who are going to work with service users on a one to one basis.
  • If Befriending is your chosen opportunity there are 5 workbooks which people are asked to work through at home.
  • Sight Action also offers First Aid training on a bi-annual basis
  • Midas training for the drivers who use the minibus.
  • On occasion hearing aid maintenance training is provided
  • Other sessions are made available to volunteers during their time with us.

Will it cost me anything to volunteer?

  • Volunteers should not be out of pocket when they work with us and all reasonable expenses are reimbursed. We pay 0.45p per mile to car owners and all bus/train fares are also covered on production of tickets.
  • You will be provided with copies of the Time and Expenses claim form in your handbook when you attend your induction course.

Volunteering Opportunities

  • Administration
  • Befriending
  • Driving
  • Helping with I.T
  • Sighted Guide
  • Talking Book service
  • Reader
  • Handy Person
  • Visiting
  • Fundraising
  • Support group assistance
  • Promotional Work

Volunteering forms

Application form

Volunteering policy

Time and expenses sheet