We are proud to be supported by an amazing team of volunteers who have been at the heart of our work for almost 100 years.
Over 200 volunteers generously give up their time to support us across all areas of our work, taking on a diverse range of roles and helping us to deliver our services to over 2,000 blind and sight impaired children and adults. In June 2021 we were honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK – along with a ‘Special Recognition – Covid 19′ Commendation, recognising the outstanding work by volunteer groups and their impactful support to the community in response to the pandemic.
From making regular welfare calls to members, to packing newsletters, making tea and chatting to members at our Social clubs and driving our minibuses; all our volunteers are invaluable and we are truly grateful for everything they do to support us.Karen McLachlan
In 2020 volunteers offered over 1,000 hours which included over 5000 phone calls to members; offering a listening ear and helping people with sight loss to stay active and feel less isolated during a difficult and uncertain time.
We welcome new volunteers of all ages, with varied skills, to help us meeting the growing need for our services right across West Sussex. Below are just some of the roles:
Club Leaders and helpers, Sighted Guides, Car drivers and Minibus drivers, Support Centre volunteers, Befriending volunteers, Fundraising & Events volunteers, Box Wardens, Watch Repairs and Gardening volunteers.
We currently have the following vacancies:
- Support Centre volunteers – located in Bognor Regis
- Gardener Volunteer – located in Bognor Regis
- Volunteer minibus drivers
- Fundraisers – event support, local area collections, community fundraising and area committees (we would love to create a list of fundraising volunteers for when social distancing allows)
Through volunteering, not only can you give something back to your local community, but you can gain work experience, confidence, and make new friends.
Being retired, I was looking for a volunteering role that would match my skills and I wanted to give back to the local community. I was pleased to have an opportunity to apply my skills in satisfying a real need. By servicing and repairing member’s watches and clocks, I enable members to remain independent in this way. I get great satisfaction from providing the service, but I also enjoy the challenge and being part of a very friendly and committed group of people.Ken
I get a buzz knowing that I am making a difference. That I am learning new skills and gaining confidence whilst volunteering for such a worthwhile charity. The joy you hear when a member realises it’s you on the other end of the phone is really heart warming, it’s the best part about volunteering – knowing that I’m making a real difference for someone else.Sarah
As well as being helped with my own sight loss, I began volunteering in the office, mainly helping at reception. Then a great opportunity came up as 4SVS wanted to set up a cooking club for people with sight loss. I have found that volunteering gives you much more than you put into it.Shirley