VOLUNTEERING 

Sight Support Ryedale currently has over 20 wonderful volunteers who play a vital role in helping us to provide the services we offer. With just two part time paid staff, we simply couldn’t function without them! 
 
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and age ranges. If you might be interested, we would be happy to discuss with you in more depth how you might like to use your experience or skills in order to assist with our activities and services. 

IS THERE ANY TRAINING INVOLVED? 

We provide initial informal training on the appropriate ways in which to guide or assist a sight impaired person, together with annual training sessions covering topics such as first aid, wheelchair pushing, and more in-depth sight awareness training. We don’t expect our volunteers to come to us as ‘experts’, and are pleased to provide the training appropriate for each role and volunteer. 
 
All our volunteers will be required to have a DBS check. 

HOW MUCH TIME IS INVOLVED? 

This is entirely up to you – it can be a couple of hours a month, or a few hours a week. A regular commitment is helpful, but not necessary; volunteers who can help only on an ad-hoc basis are still very much appreciated. 
 

WHAT DOES A VOLUNTEER DO? 

Our volunteers are involved with all of our activities, with some offering one-to-one support outside of the regular groups. 
 
Roles include: 
 
Acting as sighted guides for our walking group 
Befriending 
Practical assistance 
Fundraising 
Computer training 
Helping with refreshments 
Chatting to members at our In-Touch groups. 
 
We can pay expenses to cover any mileage incurred. 

MEET ONE OF OUR VOLUNTEERS 

The people I have met are all wonderful – volunteers, organisers and of course the members – they’re funny, interesting and feisty! We are all individuals from different backgrounds. 
 
When I finished at school I promised myself that I would never accompany another Residential Visit, so I’m not sure how I found myself on a coach last summer heading for the Lake District with the group. We had a wonderful time, and at least I didn’t have to patrol the bedrooms at midnight searching for contraband sweets! 

BECOME A VOLUNTEER 

Sight Support Ryedale volunteers come from all walks of life and age ranges and we welcome new enquiries about our volunteer roles. If you have a few hours to spare and are interested in knowing how you could support our groups please contact us for further information. We'd be delighted to discuss this with you in more depth, including how you might like to use your own experiences and skillsto assist with our activities. 
 
Telephone: 01653 698860 
Email: enquiries@sightsupportryedale.org