Become a volunteer helper with NCBA
Thank you for showing an interest in volunteering with us, enclosed are some volunteering opportunities available to support vision impaired people throughout Northumberland, if you would like to do something not listed, chat with our Volunteer Co-ordinator who may be able to find you something more suitable.
Give something back
Enjoy new experiences
Make new friends
Do something positive
Learn variety of skills
Increase confidence & self-esteem
Receive training & support
Hours for most roles below are flexible and out of pocket expenses, such as mileage, phone calls and parking fees will be reimbursed.
We are looking for volunteers to assist vision impaired people at clubs and groups throughout the county.
This role includes providing sighted guidance and general assistance to vision impaired clients participating in activities held by the club or when on outings.
Skills/Experience:- Volunteers need to be caring, understanding and consider themselves to be a “people person”.
Volunteers are required to read and record our newsletters and documents for service users who require correspondence in audio format.
Skills/Experience:- All we ask is that volunteers have a clear expressive voice.
Collection Box Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers who can spare a few hours a month to distribute collection boxes to local shops and organisations, and at a later date collect them for counting.
Skills/Experience:- Volunteers should have good communication, organisational skills and a friendly and approachable manner
Volunteer Receptionist & Admin Assistants
We require volunteers to help our friendly team at Reiver House. Tasks include answering the telephone, meeting and greeting visitors, assisting with the mailing of our quarterly newsletter (NoISe), ordering Low Vision Aids and equipment and help out at occasional fundraising and information events.
Skills/Experience:- Volunteers should have a friendly manner, good communication and organisational skills, basic office/computer skills and the ability to work as part of a team and to use own initiative where required.
.............are urgently required to provide transport and one to one guidance/assistance to vision impaired people. This may involve transporting people from their homes to clubs and support groups, hospital appointments, kitchen skills Braille classes etc.
Skills/Experience:- Volunteers must be willing to provide assistance to vision impaired passengers. Have a friendly and patient manner and a current clean driving license and insurance. Willingness to maintain a good understanding of the Highway Code and relevant safety legislation is required.
SocialEyes Northumberland Volunteers
SocialEyes Northumberland is our newest service set up to combat social isolation felt by many vision impaired people as a result of sight loss. Social groups are being set up throughout the county.
Volunteers are needed to accompany clients participating in SocialEyes activities. Volunteers help could include providing a client with one to one sighted guidance, assisting with planning a SocialEyes event e.g. reserving a table at a restaurant or cafe, booking a taxi and organising taxi sharing.
Skills/Experience:- Volunteers should have a caring and friendly manner, and would be encouraged to enable the independence of vision impaired people attending these social groups. This could be for example, ensuring accessible information, such as large print/Braille menus or timetables are available to vision impaired people as well as raising awareness of their needs within the local community.
There is always a great need for volunteers to assist with our home visiting service. This role could include accompanying a client whilst shopping, on a walk, to a medical appointment, or providing assistance to enable clients to carry out tasks and leisure activities within their own homes. These tasks could include form filling, reading mail, sorting or matching clothes, playing cards or board games, or just having a cuppa and a chat.
Skills/Experience:- Volunteers should be friendly and have a patient and caring nature.
Northumberland County Blind Association Board of Trustees consists almost entirely of volunteers who bring with them a wealth of skills and expertise and take an active role in the governance of the Association. The Board meet bi-monthly on a Monday afternoon at NCBA resource centre Reiver House, Morpeth. The minimum term of office is one year. For further information please contact our Chief Executive, Lorraine Dryden.
Training for all roles will be given. Volunteers need not be experts, just willing to learn, to promote independence, and to befriend people with sight problems.
Please note: All our volunteers are required to undertake a Criminal Records Bureau check, costs will be met by the Association.
If you are interested in any of the roles listed in this leaflet or would like to offer help in any other way please contact Fran or Jane on 01670 514316
NCBA Office/Resource Centre Reiver House, Staithes Lane, Morpeth, NE61 1TD Tel: 01670 514316