Experienced volunteers who have taken on a leadership role, our Community Lead Volunteers bring people together, raise awareness, support other volunteers, tackle barriers to independence and fundraise for our work. Depending on your availability, training and interests, you will have the chance to take part in some or all of the following:
• host events and regular groups
• give talks about sight loss, eye health, the work of RNIB and partners
• design and deliver local campaigns
• lead and train groups of volunteers
• organise fundraising events like store collections
• attend information stalls and cheque presentations, and
• make wellbeing calls to community members.
As a blind or partially sighted Community Lead Volunteer, you may have the opportunity to join one of our Community Action Groups, shaping activity in your local area. (Note: These Groups have no governance or resource authority within RNIB.) Many of our volunteers are blind or partially sighted and as such we would encourage those with a disability to apply for the role.
Typically we ask that volunteer applicants are over the age of 18 but there is potential for them to be over 16 if the candidate is appropriate. In this case, we would also ask that the applicant has their guardian complete a permission form.
Experience required: Effective listening skills; Good communication skills; Good organisational skills; An understanding of issues affecting blind / partially sighted people; Delegation, facilitation & influencing
Minimum age: 16
Training details: We also provide comprehensive training consisting of a formal induction followed by ongoing support based on the individual’s needs. The induction is a series of workbooks outlining best practices and what is expected, a safeguarding elearning course and a virtual or in person session to touch base with our community coordinators team. This role requires membership of the PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) Scheme (Adults) and 2 references.