Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Macular Society, helping to reach out to thousands of people. Many of our volunteers are visually impaired themselves and they tell us how volunteering has turned something that could have been very negative, into something positive. With roles to suit everyone, get in touch and see how you can meet new people and make a real difference to their lives.

Our volunteers across the UK join the Society for a variety of reasons. Some want to make a difference to the lives of people affected by sight loss, while others want to develop new skills or meet new people and have fun.

We hope that all our volunteers feel supported. We also like to show our appreciation through a Recognition of Achievement scheme. 

Volunteer roles

Gadget Guides

Gadget Guides visit support groups and events to help people with everyday tasks, which can help make living with central vision loss that little bit easier. They also demonstrate technology such as iPads and Kindles. 


Befrienders offer a friendly, listening ear to people affected by macular disease, maintaining regular contact over the phone to help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Treatment Buddies

Treatment Buddies offer support and advice to people going for treatment by injection.

Fundraising volunteers

Fundraising volunteers organise or take part in a whole host of events from holding a Tea for MD event to running a marathon.

Group volunteers

Group volunteers range from group leaders to group treasurers or secretaries. They are fundamental to the running of the Society's 400 plus groups across the UK and beyond.

Admin volunteers

Admin volunteers help in our offices in Andover with a range of tasks.