Sandwell Visually Impaired Support Volunteers Needed!

Event date:  Monday 23 November from 9am to 3pm.  Note, if volunteers are only able to stay for part of the event, please contact to discuss.


Venue: Portway Lifestyles Centre, Newbury Lane Oldbury B69 1HE


Role description and duties:


Volunteer helpers are required to assist SVI [Sandwell Visually Impaired] blind and partially sighted members to safely move around while at the event, to escort to seats, offer refreshments i.e. drinks and biscuits on arrival and at morning break, read programmes etc on request from members, accompany members to exhibit stands, offer sighted guide support to toilets [note there is no personal care requirements, PA’s are available should this be required] and to help with the distribution of a pre packed ‘meal deal’ lunch.  Volunteer helpers also have a key role to enable visually impaired members to make best use of the day and to make every effort to make the event enjoyable for those present.


We also require support at the registration desk from 9am to 10.45am.


Sighted guide instruction is available at the Portway Lifestyle Centre tomorrow 17 November from 12noon to 1pm or on the day of the event from 9am for a short instruction/refresher session – note sighted guide technique is not difficult and can be easily learned in around 30 minutes.


If volunteers would like to learn more about the role but are unable to attend the volunteers meeting (today – 17th Nov 2015), please ring the SVI office for an informal chat on 0121 525 4810.


Travel expenses are claimable at standard Day Saver pass rate or mileage at 45p a mile.  Volunteer helpers are also provided with a ‘meal deal’ lunch and general refreshments throughout the event.


We value our volunteers and as well as supporting SVI we would encourage volunteers to make the most of the event for themselves, it’s a wonderful opportunity to gain greater awareness of visual impairment and to obtain a broad range of information about support and services available to people living with sight loss – a good opportunity for anyone seeking to look for employment in a care and support capacity.


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