Volunteering

Volunteers are a vital part of MySight York. There are many ways that you can make a difference not only to MySight York but to people living with a visual impairment.

 

Volunteer shopping with a client

Home Visiting

Our home visiting service is a free service which aims to enable visually impaired people to be as independent as possible. Home Visiting volunteers provide companionship and support, and can be a real life-line to help people maintain independent living skills and social contacts.

 

Volunteers may undertake a variety of tasks, ranging from visiting at home for a chat, helping with light practical tasks, reading and helping with correspondence to going out for a walk, shopping or day trips. Some volunteers help clients to continue with hobbies or find new ones, such as gardening, playing games or using the computer.

 

Most visitors visit regularly either weekly or fortnightly for a couple of hours on a long-term basis. They are carefully matched with clients, taking interests, availability and location into account. Volunteers will usually visit clients in their own homes which can be anywhere within the City of York. MySight York will meet reasonable travel costs.

 

No previous experience of working with blind or partially sighted people is necessary as full training will be given. A friendly nature, empathy and an interest in people, especially older people, is a must. You would also be a good listener and have a non-judgemental attitude. Most importantly you must be ready to allow the client to make choices.

 

If you are interested, you will need to complete an application form and meet with the Volunteer Manager. We normally ask for two references and you’ll be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before training and an induction is provided.

 

To find out more about home visiting, or if you think a home visitor could help you or someone you know, please contact Catherine Bamford on volunteermanager@mysightyork.org or telephone 01904 731122.

 

Fundraising

As a charity MySight York relies on donations and our fundraising volunteers are vital to our success. There are many ways that you can help, from organising your own one off event to helping with street collections, maintaining collection boxes and baking cakes!

There’s more information on all our fundraising opportunities on our Fundraising page. Or if you’d like to chat about ways you can help, please contact Mike Hickman at mike.hickman@mysightyork.org or telephone 01904 636269.

 

Activities

Volunteers play an important role in our Activities and social groups, helping to set up the space, meeting and greeting members and supporting them to participate. You can find out more about the kinds of things we do here. For details of activities coming up in the next few weeks please click here.

For more information on how you can help please contact Caroline Robertson on caroline.robertson@mysightyork.org or telephone 01904 731124.

 

Community Activities

We have some exciting volunteering opportunities that will make a real difference to people’s lives. Could you donate a few hours a week to help people with sight loss join activities in their own community? Contact us for more information!

 

For information on other volunteering opportunities or general volunteering matters, please contact Catherine Bamford on volunteermanager@mysightyork.org or telephone 01904 731122.