Our organisation relies on a large team of volunteers who bring a broad range of skills and support to our vital work. There is a wide variety of tasks performed by our volunteers – depending on ability, interests and the amount of time the individual is able to spare.
What’s in it for you?
Through volunteering with Open Sight you can:
- Learn new skills – we have a wide range of training courses available from our disability and sight awareness to IT and first aid.
- Develop new interests – through our various Branch activities.
- Make new friends – we have 350 volunteers and 4000 members.
Frequently asked questions:
- Is there a minimum amount of time I must give?
There’s no obligation for volunteers to attend or to give a minimum amount of time. If other people depend on you, we ask you to give your contact reasonable warning if you cannot come in. You decide and agree your commitment with us. You decide how much time you are prepared to give.
- What about expenses?
Only agreed out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel between home and worksite. There is no payment for your time, the work you achieve, or any ‘payment in kind’.
- What age do I have to be?
There is a minimum age limit of 16 years because of the responsibility for our members’ health and safety and insurance requirements.
There is no upper age limit. Older volunteers are welcome to stay for as long as they can carry out their work effectively and providing they are not putting their own or others’ health and safety in jeopardy.
Give us a call on 023 806 41244 or visit our Contact Us page to apply!
Check out our volunteer opportunities. There is something for everyone!
Become an Open Sight Driver
Many of the Open Sight Social Clubs across the county, which constantly offer so much to so many local visually impaired people, are often short of volunteer drivers to get members to meetings. Open Sight volunteers receive full training and support and mileage expenses are reimbursed.
Open Sight Clubs
We currently have 20 countywide clubs in operation supporting visually impaired people in their communities. The clubs meet regularly throughout the year with a variety of entertainment and are supported by our valued volunteers. The opportunities available are varied; driving members to and from the club, accompany our members on trips, preparing refreshments, visiting members at home. If you feel you can help in any way then please speak to us.
Events and Fundraising
We are always on the look out for people to help out at our events from Summer Fetes to Fashion Shows. We often need people to help out with general tasks, be it making teas and coffees, setting up equipment or even marshaling at our bigger events.
For more information on how to get involved with one of our events go to our Contact Us Page
To find out more about volunteering please call Pam Bateman on 02380 646 380 or send us a query via the Contact Us page