We have a dedicated team of Volunteers at Bournemouth Blind Society who support us in our work with blind and partially sighted people.

Volunteer Romy guiding blind member Barbara

Volunteer Romy guiding blind member Barbara

Volunteering offers you the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to improve the quality of our members’ lives – just a few hours of your time each week can make all the difference! Volunteering gives you the opportunity to meet new people and have some fun.

We offer travel expenses and training where required, all we ask in return is a regular commitment.

Volunteers help us as Activity Assistants, Cafe Assistants, Minibus Drivers, Minibus Escorts, Own Car Drivers, Befrienders, Resource Centre Assistants, Guides and Tandem Pilots.

All Volunteers will work with Vulnerable Adults and must have a Disclosure & Barring Service check carried out. Bournemouth Blind Society will make the necessary arrangements at no cost to the volunteer.

If you are interested in finding out about joining our friendly team, please telephone  01202 546644 for an informal chat.

Watch the short video clip below to hear what one of our volunteers says about volunteering:

Current vacancies include:

Activity Assistant

We provide a range of activities each Monday and Thursday afternoon for our older members, including musical entertainment, Arts & Crafts, bowls, talks and quizzes. Activity Assistants will help set up and clear away activities, help members participate in activities or perhaps be asked to lead activities. Each volunteer session will last approx 2.5 hours.

Wednesday afternoon volunteers help visually impaired members play cards.

Befriender

Sight loss often causes isolation and a feeling of low self worth, especially among the elderly. Befriending volunteers become the ‘eyes’ of the people they help, encouraging them to maintain their independence and regain their zest for life.

Befrienders visit clients in their own homes and chat to provide companionship, in addition to reading aloud confidential mail or newspapers.

People with good listening skills who are patient, non-judgemental and able to keep confidences are ideal for Befriending roles. The hours required are variable according to the needs of the client, but are preferred during the day time rather than in an evening.

Minibus Driver

Bournemouth Blind Society uses its minibus to collect/return members between their homes and the Centre in Moordown.  The driver is responsible for the vehicle and the safety of all passengers.  The majority of driving will take place within the borough of Bournemouth.

Drivers must hold a Category D1 clean Driving Licence and be prepared to attend training courses.

Opportunities exist Tuesday through to Thursday for approximately 2-3 hour time slots in the morning and/or afternoon.

Minibus Escort

An Escort rides with the driver to assist members on and off the bus, including handling wheelchairs, using the passenger lift and accompanying members from/to their front doors. Escorts may be asked to assist on members’ day trips away from the Centre and may be invited to help on occasional longer trips on Fridays or Saturdays.

Escorts are provided with a hi-vis vest. Escort opportunities exist Monday through to Thursday for approximately 2-3 hour time slots in the morning and/or afternoon.

If you are interested in any of the above vacancies, please contact  Caroline  for an initial discussion on 01202 546644.