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. 

Skills for Seeing trainers 

Skills for Seeing trainers help people make the most of their remaining vision by teaching techniques such as Eccentric Viewing and Steady eye Strategy, and offering advice on lighting and using magnifiers effectively.

Tech Talkers 

Tech Talkers offer advice on technology including iPads, iPhones and tablet computers, either over the phone or by email.


Our volunteer Speakers raise awareness of macular disease, providing talks at a variety of groups and organisations in their local communities.


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 350 plus groups across the UK and beyond. 

Macular Matters distributors

Macular Matters distributors raise awareness locally by distributing our bi-annual newsletter.

Admin volunteers

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

Training courses

Find out what training courses are available to join Team Macular as one of our volunteers.