Skills for Seeing volunteers

Supporting people with sight loss by training them to make the most of their remaining vision

For many people with sight loss, being able to carry on doing everyday things can make a difference to their quality of life. Skills for Seeing volunteers deliver free one-to-one training; teaching people a variety of skills to help make these everyday tasks easier, enabling them to keep connected to life.

Will it suit me?

We need reliable and friendly volunteers who are comfortable delivering training in person (in a learner’s home or other setting within an agreed area) or over the telephone. If you get a buzz from making a positive difference to others, consider yourself patient and adaptable, then this role is perfect for you. You don’t need to have a macular condition or sight loss; empathy and an understanding of the impact of macular disease will help you to provide the best support. Following delivery of the training to learners, you will send feedback to the team at the office.

Time commitment

Each learner will receive up to three one-hour sessions, with an additional hour of behind-the-scenes work to support the learning. Our volunteers aim to train around six people each year. We offer flexibility with the role if things change for you.

“Through my volunteering I came to terms with my own condition, met many amazing people, gained many transferable skills and had a great time. It also gave me huge confidence to look for employment."

- Sabina Uddin, volunteer