We are proud to be supported by an amazing team of volunteers who have been at the heart of our work for over 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.
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 meet the growing need for our services right across West Sussex. Through volunteering, not only can you give something back to your local community, but you can gain work experience, confidence, and make new friends.
Examples of Volunteering opportunities with us include: Club Leaders and helpers, Sighted Guides, Minibus drivers, Car Drivers, Support Centre volunteers, Fundraising & Events volunteers, Gardening volunteers and so much more.
We also promote volunteering opportunities for our clients. It’s a great way to feel part of the wider 4Sight Vision Support community and can often offer support in a different way from the perspective of also having lived experience. Read Marys story below of how she became a volunteer after being a client for many years.