Volunteering

Our volunteers are very important to us in supporting the services that we are able to offer. Our volunteers give their time regularly to help people with sight loss. However, we are always in need of more volunteers, particularly to support our Home Visiting Service and our Midsight Hospital Information Points. We also look to use individual volunteers across our services tapping into their particular skills to help develop and provide services such as I.T. training or providing specific support to our clients.

Noula, who is visually impaired, plays an important part in the organisation and smooth running of events within the Ealing region. She is a passionate supporter of the organisation as well as a wonderful volunteer, representing MAB at talks and events and visiting and phoning clients on our behalf.

Our I.T. volunteer, Chris, recently set up a YouTube page to post audio versions of our Outlook magazine. The page allows our clients to listen to the current and earlier editions of Outlook. He has also been instrumental in developing the current website for us.

MAB volunteer, Dianne, is working with a client to complete editing, proof reading and publication of a set of short stories written by our client.

Patience, empathy, friendliness and enthusiasm are the most important characteristics of our volunteers. Volunteers cover all ages and a diverse range of cultural backgrounds and experiences. Whether you are retired, unemployed or in full-time employment, as long as you can commit to at least one hour per week we would be pleased to add you to our team.

Volunteers working with blind or visually impaired clients are required to undertake a half-day course covering visual impairment awareness. Details of the course can be found on our Volunteer Training page.

For further details of how you can help and how to register to be a volunteer please contact our Head Office on 020 8423 5141.