Sight for Wight’s dedicated volunteers give one of the most valuable of all gifts – their time. Our volunteers now number one hundred diverse individuals, who remain the lifeblood of our charity. On average, two hundred hours a week are given by our volunteers to help and support visually impaired Islanders.
Sight for Wight provides a range of services and supports a variety of activities and clubs for Islanders affected by sight loss. We support people of all ages. We aim to support people to remain independent, meet friends, achieve their goals and live life to the full.
Sight for Wight’s volunteers and fundraisers give a little of their free time to support Sight for Wight and make a real difference to Members’ lives. We value your time whether you have a couple of hours a month or a couple of days a week.
Why Volunteer?There are many different reasons people volunteer with Sight for Wight. You may have organisation or fundraising skills you would like to put to good use. Perhaps you have first-hand experience of sight loss and would like to support others facing similar challenges. Some of our volunteers join to meet new people and make friends, others want to gain some work experience for their C.V. Whatever your reason for volunteering, we would be very pleased to welcome you to the team. For FAQ about volunteering, check out the Volunteering FAQ page.
Volunteer Team Updates
Each quarter we hold a sociable Volunteers Team Update. In the winter, spring and autumn this takes the form of a gathering at Millbrooke House with drinks nibbles, an update from the CEO and Volunteers Manager and some live entertainment. These sessions, usually held on Tuesdays between 4.30pm and 6.30pm, are a relaxed and relaxing way for Volunteers to remain abreast of all of the news, plans and developments at Sight for Wight, whilst enjoying the opportunity to socialise together. Each summer we celebrate our volunteers with a themed party in their honour that we all greatly look forward to. RSVP Invitations are sent to each of our volunteers – perhaps you would like to join us?
Whatever your time availability, interest or talents, we probably have an opportunity you would enjoy.
Some of the Volunteer Roles we have are identified below, please click on the links to take you to the role descriptions:
Audio Library / Audio Books Administration
Audio Library / Talking News / Copier
Audio Library / Talking News / Preparation
Audio Library / Talking News / Recorder
Audio Library / Talking News / Reader
Dress for Less Retail Assistants
Events Stewards & Ambassadors
My Guide Volunteers
Sighted Guide Escorts
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
We are immensely thankful to our volunteers and are proud that their contribution was recognised in 2014 with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This major achievement is testament to their work, recognising and rewarding excellence in voluntary activities. 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.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 01983 522205 or using the online form below. All our volunteers must be 18 or over.