Volunteers make a vital contribution to our work. In fact many of our services and activities wouldn’t happen without them. But volunteering also has powerful benefits for the volunteers themselves.
More than 200 people regularly give some time to help and support our staff in all areas of the organisation. They can give as much or as little time as they wish.
Volunteering can be very rewarding and makes you feel better about yourself, but research shows it has a number of other tangible benefits too.
Meet new people and socialise
Working with other people for a positive purpose is a great way to get to know people and makes you part of a community.
Improve career options
Research shows that most leading UK employers would employ someone with volunteering experience over someone without it. They also know that volunteering adds to people’s skills.
Have more fun
Volunteers are often surprised by how much fun it is helping out.
Experts say that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts your usual tension-producing patterns of thought.
Emotions like satisfaction and joy, and the sense of controlling your own fate, can strengthen the immune system, and experts report that volunteering does improve well-being.
Volunteering presents you with new challenges and experiences which build skills and make you more capable in other areas of life.
And all those benefits are on top of the great benefits volunteers bring people with sight loss – improving their lives, giving them support and companionship. It’s a win-win situation.
There is a wide choice of roles both at the centre and in the local community – see the other pages in this part of the site.