People with sight loss in Sandwell want your help. Have you got a little time on your hands to light up someone’s day? We are looking for volunteers to support blind and partially sighted people feel less isolated and/or to get out and about, whilst complying with Covid tiered restrictions.
You only need a spare hour or two, once a week or fortnight.
Could you be a:
- friendly voice on the end of a phone
- walking buddy, to chat and help with social distancing
- personal shopper – describing what’s on the shelves?
Volunteers will gain experience of supporting a visually impaired person. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), training and help with travel expenses will be provided as required. You will need to be willing to have a DBS check for some activities.
Sandra Troth, SVI Development Worker said: “The grant we received from the Heart of England Community Foundation ‘Doing Things Differently’ programme is very exciting and means we can offer help and support to blind and visually impaired people who would otherwise be stuck at home and becoming more and more isolated and afraid of going out again.”
Tony Averis, SVI Chair said: “A little support from a friendly volunteer goes a long way in making blind and visually impaired people feel more confident and included in today’s Covid restricted life. Just a short phone call or an hour supporting someone to go out and about again and feel safe will make a huge difference.”
Being stuck at home can be a challenge for anyone. Volunteering can be good for you as well as the person you support.
Help us…do something different! Get in touch to find out more.
Contact us at Sandwell Visually Impaired – email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call us on 0121 525 4810 (please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.)
Funding for this project comes from the Heart of England Community Foundation.