Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our charity. We estimate that over 200 hours a week are given by our volunteers to help and support visually impaired people on the island. 

Financially, their dedication saves the charity around £100,000 annually.

Thanking our volunteers for their tireless work is a challenge so we publicly want to acknowledge their time, commitment and service to our charity. We think every single one of our volunteers is wonderful and we are truly grateful.  

In 2014 our volunteers received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.  This is a major achievement and a testament to their work. This annual award is granted, by the Queen, to recognise and reward excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing an outstanding service.

Ways in which our volunteers make our organisation fantastic include:

  • Receptionists – answering the telephone, welcoming visitors
  • Drivers – minibus and own cars
  • Talking news – readers, editors, recording, admin
  • Library – admin
  • Fundraising preparing and manning stalls, baking cakes, organising quizzes
  • Visitors and befrienders
  • Sighted guides
  • Minibus escorts
  • Serving refreshments at activities
  • Gardening
  • Assistants and managers in our charity boutique  

One beneficiary, who has been supported by the charity for over 23 years, following her sight loss at 18, has described our work as a lifeline with emotional and material support. She, like many, has received grants from our charity for equipment and braille lessons, she has participated in Society events and now volunteers weekly. Volunteering offers her the chance to socialise with like minded people who, otherwise, wouldn't feel confident to leave their houses.

If you would like to become a volunteer please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 01983 522205 or using the online form here.

Thank you so much for inviting me to your wonderful tea party last week. I was completely inspired by the work that you do at IWSB and so impressed by your huge army of loyal volunteers. I also think that it is such a brilliant idea to have appointed Bob and Carol Bridgestock as Patrons, they are such hard workers and are obviously completely dedicated to your wonderful cause. - Robin Courage, High Sheriff