“My volunteer makes me feel connected to the world again”

SocialEyes Volunteering

Sometimes there can be barriers with transport or accessing new environments. Previous friendships could wane as they no longer share the same interests. People do not always know how to behave around the person and so making new friendships can be difficult.

Our SocialEyes Volunteers play a wonderful part in the lives of the people they visit, often helping people enjoy the simple pleasures of life again.

“My volunteer makes me feel connected to the world again”

What is a SocialEyes Volunteer?

Our SocialEyes Volunteers provide support to people with sight loss to enable them to enjoy social and leisure activities. SocialEyes Volunteers can also provide companionship and help with overcoming some of the challenges sight loss can create.

What do SocialEyes Volunteers Do?

SocialEyes Volunteers help with anything from reading post, helping people to get out and about with confidence again, support them with a hobby such as golf or theatre trips and even guiding them whilst running or walking! Some SocialEyes Volunteers support people over the phone on a short-term basis. Usually, these volunteers have experienced sight loss themselves.

Does it cost anything?

It doesn’t cost anything to be matched with a SocialEyes Volunteer and we cover the volunteer’s travel to and from their home. However, if an individual wishes to get out and about with their SocialEyes Volunteer, we ask that the individual covers the costs..

How long does it take?

We take care to match people who have similar interests and live close to one another so that the partnership is both enjoyable and sustainable for both parties. It can therefore take anything from a few weeks to a few months to make a match – but we will keep you updated until we do.

Once you have been matched with an individual, we will keep in contact with you and your individual to ensure you are both happy with the partnership and to offer any other help or advice if needed.

What training and background checks do your volunteers do?

No-one expects you to start straight away in a new role! First, we ask for references and for you to have an Enhanced DBS check (i.e. a criminal record check). You will then be invited to come to our Induction and Sight Loss Awareness Training course to help you to understand different sight problems, ways in which you can help and how to guide someone.

How do I find out more?

You can find out more about our Volunteering service simply by contacting our office on 01905 723245 and asking to speak to our Volunteering Team or by emailing info@sightconcern.co.uk.

The SocialEyes volunteering service has been made possible thanks to funding from both Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) and National Lottery players.

 

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Sight Concern Worcestershire

Bradbury Centre, 2 Sansome Walk, Worcester WR1 1LH

Registered Charity: 1136716
Company number: 07258623