Become a volunteer with NCBA

There are lots of ways to volunteer with NCBA. It’s a great way of meeting new people and learning new skills.

By volunteering with us, you can make a real difference to blind or partially sighted people living in Northumberland.

Take a look at the opportunities available and find out more about the different roles in volunteering.

If you would like to do something not listed, contact our friendly volunteering co-ordinators to find out more. To get in touch via email please contact us at volunteer@ncba.org.uk

Benefits of volunteering:

  • Give something back 

  • Help Others

  • 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.

Club Volunteers

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”. 

Volunteer Voices

Volunteers read and record our newsletters and documents for service users who require correspondence in audio format. New applicants will be put on a reserve list, as we currently have a full list of active volunteers.

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. 

Volunteer Drivers

Volunteer drivers 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, NCBA events.

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

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.

Volunteer Visitor

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.

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 our Volunteering Team on 01670 514316 or email: volunteer@ncba.org.uk