Volunteer

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We rely on the generosity of volunteers giving their time and energy to the Charity and volunteers make up the essential backbone of our Volunteer Visiting Service.

Volunteering can be a rewarding way to help in your local community at the same time as meeting new friends, developing skills and exploring hobbies. There are many different volunteering opportunities available depending on the time you are able to give: whether you have an hour or so each week or can give much more.

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Introduction to Volunteering

Our volunteers are spread right across the county and help us provide a unique combination of complementary skills and expertise to reach and support an ever increasing number of blind and partially sighted people.

We have a number volunteering roles to suit your skills, experience and background. If you only have a few hours to spare, we’ll have something to suit you and the impact of your time is immense. We are also keen to offer roles for people who would like to take up key roles in the governance and administration of the charity.

All our volunteers are police checked and referenced and all receive Visual Awareness and Sighted Guiding Training at the outset of their volunteering. They are also very aware of the need for confidentiality when dealing with sensitive and personal information and understand the need to act in a safe and thoughtful manner.


Current Opportunities

We have an exciting range of volunteering roles, so there’s bound to be something to suit your interests and skills. We provide support, guidance and training to help you to get the most out of volunteering for us.

You can make a huge contribution to the work we do by joining our wonderful team of volunteers.

Resource Centre Volunteers – Exeter
Our Resource Centre Advisors are complimented by a team of highly dedicated volunteers. Our Resource Centre Volunteers are the first point of contact for visitors to the Resource Centres or people making telephone enquiries. They demonstrate some of the equipment that is available and signpost to other agencies.

Volunteer Visiting Service – Mid-Devon
The Volunteer Visiting Service carefully matches volunteers to people with sight loss supporting them to live independently in the community.We support people with reading their post, going for short local walks, having occasional trips out, shopping for a particular gift or item, cinema or theatre trips or just to have a chat and a cup of tea.

Volunteer Visiting Service – Torbay
The Volunteer Visiting Service carefully matches volunteers to people with sight loss supporting them to live independently in the community.We support people with reading their post, going for short local walks, having occasional trips out, shopping for a particular gift or item, cinema or theatre trips or just to have a chat and a cup of tea.

Volunteer Coordinator – Topsham, Exeter
We are creating a dynamic new role for someone to co-ordinate our volunteers across the charity. You will help with recruitment and training and to develop a team of Community Fundraising Volunteers to raise the funds we need to support blind and partially sighted people.

Volunteer Fundraisers
We are looking for people to join a team of Community Fundraising Volunteers helping us to raise the funds we need to support blind and partially sighted people.

Volunteer Club Engagement Officer
We are looking for someone to help us building links with ‘Blind and Partially Sighted Clubs’ across the county. You will promote our services, provide information and advice and help us to fundraise.

Volunteer Campaigns Officer
We are looking for someone to help us project manage some campaigns to support people with visual impairment. You will help promote our services, provide information and advice and help us to fundraise.

Trustees
Trustees help to ensure that organisations are being managed properly. They are responsible for the strategic development of the organisation, not the day-to-day operation. Whilst trustees are required to take on legal responsibilities under charity and company law, they are still volunteers and need to be recognised as such.

We are currently looking at our Board skill gaps and planning for succession. If you would like to speak further please contact us.


Common questions about volunteering

How do I apply?
Take a look through the volunteer roles available. When you have found a role you’d like to apply for, complete our application form and send it to volunteering@devoninsight.org.uk and one of our friendly team will be in touch.

If you would like the application form in a different format (such as standard print, large print, braille or audio) or if you have any questions about a role, contact the Volunteering Team by emailing volunteering@devoninsight.org.uk or telephone on 01392 878800

How much time would I have to give?
Your volunteering time depends on you and which volunteer role you undertake for us. Some people volunteer every day, others volunteer for just a few hours per week and some decide to volunteer for one-off events and activities.

We try to match your availability as far as we can and any time that you can give, no matter how small, is always very much appreciated.

What support and training will I get?
Volunteers are given support from their manager and colleagues. Our training includes an induction, Understanding Sight Loss pack as well as any role specific training that you may need.

Volunteering roles can involve a wide range of tasks and activities. Such as Resource Centre Advisors, Volunteer Visiting Service, administration, campaigning, and fundraising. We also have special events available throughout the year which usually involve something a little bit different!

What skills do I need?
Some roles may need special or technical skills and knowledge, others may require good personal skills and abilities such as empathy and concern for the welfare of others.

In many cases however, the skills you will need can be developed while volunteering, with help from a supervisor or manager and other volunteers and staff.

I am visually impaired, can I volunteer?
You can certainly volunteer with Devon in Sight. We encourage applications from people with sight loss and other disabilities.

If you would like the volunteer application form in a format such as large print, braille or audio or if you have any questions about a role, contact the Volunteering Team by email at volunteering@devoninsight.org.uk or telephone on 01392 878800.

I am under 18, can I volunteer?
Yes, you can, although a few of our roles do have age restrictions. Information about specific requirements can be found in each volunteering role description or you can contact us for more information by email volunteering@devoninsight.org.uk or telephone on 01392 878800

Will I be paid expenses?
You will be entitled to reimbursement of all reasonable expenses so that you are not left out of pocket. We will ask you to produce receipts and travel tickets and complete a simple claim form.

Can I volunteer while claiming benefits?
Yes, volunteering does not affect your benefits and there are no limits to the amount of time you can volunteer as long as you continue to meet the conditions of the benefit you receive.

Get more information from the .gov.uk website about volunteering and benefits.

Who can be my referees?
Two people you have known for at least two years and aged 18 or over who can provide character references. They must not be a family member/partner/boyfriend/girlfriend nor live in the same household as you.

Applying is very simple! Fill in our application form and send it to volunteering@devoninsight.org.uk.

Contact the Volunteering Team
If you would like the application form in a different format (such as standard print, large print, braille or audio) or you have any questions about volunteering, please do contact us.

Email: volunteering@devoninsight.org.uk
Telephone: 01392 878800


Meet our Volunteers

If you volunteer with us you will be helping to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people. You will also learn new skills, gain confidence and put your talents to use.

All sorts of people volunteer with us, people who are students, working, retired, old and young, blind and sighted. Have a look at our Volunteer case studies page to hear what Darren, Richard and Chris say about why they enjoy volunteering, and also have a look at the case studies for our Volunteer Visiting Service.