Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans

Charity registered in Scotland SC017167

Sight Scotland provides specialist care, education, and support that empowers people affected by sight loss in Scotland, and their families and carers.

Sight Scotland Veterans works across Scotland to support visually impaired ex-servicemen and women.


Current opportunities

Many blind and partially-sighted people are already quite isolated due to their visual impairment and the pandemic has only made things that much harder. However, a weekly phone call or a cup of tea with a volunteer befriender could help provide a vital social connection for veterans with sight loss. If you love a relaxed, friendly chat on the phone and if the idea of doing this whilst also making a genuine impact as a volunteer sounds too good to be true … read on. Our members tell us that their regular check-ins and chats or visits with someone at Sight Scotland Veterans are something they look forward to. Sometimes they can even be a lifeline. Just a simple phone call once a week can make the difference that helps one of our members overcome the effects of isolation and loneliness. We need a friendly and naturally chatty home-based volunteer who can check in regularly with our members by phone, take some time to make sure they are doing OK, and fill them in with all the latest gossip at Sight Scotland Veterans. You will never be cold calling, there’s no pressure and nothing to sell. We will only ask you to call signed-up Sight Scotland Veterans members who we know will be only too happy to hear from you. Some volunteers can also do face to face volunteering, as restrictions eased. As a volunteer, you will get to know inspiring people, gain valuable experiences, and help us to change the lives of those who have served their country. For more information please contact James Whyte, Volunteer Development Manager at email james.whyte@sightscotland.org.uk or tel.: 0131 446 3154.

About This Role: We’re looking for friendly volunteer with good people skills to befriend our members, who are all veterans with sight loss, and take part in a wide range of activities with them. This might include visiting members in their own homes for a chat, meeting in town for a coffee, or joining them for a short walk. You will help us to improve our members’ quality of life and play a vital role in easing isolation. Tasks and Responsibilities 1. Supporting members to participate in activities 2. To work alone and/or within a group setting to assist, support and accompany veterans who have a visual impairment 3. To support/befriend visually impaired veterans within a group setting or within the veterans’ home Optional: If you have your own car and are able to drive veterans to and from designated activities this would also be very helpful. (This is dependent on other factors including current COVID guidance.) COVID SAFETY: We take every precaution to ensure no-one, including our volunteers and services users, is exposed to potential COVID infection. We will explain this as part of volunteer training, but we welcome any questions about this in advance of or during your application to join us. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this.

We’re looking for friendly volunteers with good interpersonal skills to support people who use our services. As a befriender, you will meet a wide range of people, all living with sight loss living in our community and experiencing isolation. This could involve meeting the client for a cup of tea and a chat or accompanying them to an activity (such as a trip to a cafe or the theatre). In some cases, you may accompany the older person to the occasional hospital or doctor's appointment. There will likely be some volunteering from your own home involved, checking in with clients by telephone. You will help us to improve the quality of life of people using our services and play a vital role in easing isolation. COVID SAFETY: We take every precaution to ensure no one, including our volunteers and services users, is exposed to potential COVID infection. We will explain this as part of volunteer training, but we welcome any questions about this in advance of or during your application to join us. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this.