We have a wonderful team of volunteers who regularly work alongside our staff team at Station House to help deliver our services.
If you are interested in volunteering you can find our more on our volunteering page.
Linda Garaway (Honorary Assistant Treasurer)
Linda volunteered to be Honorary Treasurer in February 2003 with responsibility for keeping the financial books and records, preparing quarterly management accounts for the trustees and preparing the annual financial statements for audit. Linda resigned as Honorary Treasurer in February 2009 when Steve Muncer joined the Board of Trustees but still continues to work in the office once a week, doing much the same financial work as before, while Steve concentrates on the management accounts.
Elizabeth Twining (Membership Secretary)
Elizabeth joined Devon in Sight as a volunteer in March 2011. Since then she has been working one day a week in the Devon in Sight office, and among other jobs is responsible for the Voting Membership system and our work with local VI clubs.
She trained originally as a librarian and worked previously for Calibre Audio Library and for RNIB. At RNIB she worked as Development Programme Co-ordinator and was involved in the first national survey of the needs of blind people. At Calibre she was Marketing and Fundraising Manager.
Elizabeth helps to carry out client and stakeholder surveys and with producing evaluation reports, where her previous professional experience is very valuable.
Volunteer Resource Centre Advisor – Topsham
Janice is a Volunteer in the Resource Centre supporting the paid advisors in their work.
The main aspects of her role are reception and administration, advising clients, demonstrating and selling equipment. She has been a volunteer for three years and particularly enjoys the contact with clients and keeping up to date with the resources available for the visually impaired.
She worked in the NHS for 35 years mainly in nurse education, on retiring undertook ordination training and was ordained in 1999. She became a Parish Priest in 2003 and retired in 2010.
Janice enjoys walking her active Corgi, church activities and entertaining.
Assistive Technology Trainer
Darren works as a volunteer for Devon in Sight providing training and advice on Assistive Technology. He is registered blind and has a guide dog called Jet. Before he started losing his sight he worked as a graphics designer for ITV for about 10 years.
Darren started getting interested in Assistive Technology to help him carry on with some of the things he needed to do on a daily basis – but because of his interest in IT he started to get involved with helping other people as well.
Darren went to the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford where he started to learn about all sorts of new technology. He then took on the role of Assistive Technology Co-ordinator for Action for Blind People in Devon and Cornwall – visiting people in their homes and giving advice and guidance on a whole range of IT issues.
He is now providing support for Devon in Sight and Action for Blind People on a voluntary basis, which includes running the monthly workshops at the Resource Centre in Topsham.