Volunteer roles

Home Visitor Service 

Home Visitor Volunteers visit people living on their own, helping them to read correspondence; share a book or newspaper; check use-by dates on food in the fridge; or simply to have a chat and a cup of tea.

If you have a caring and patient nature, enjoy meeting people and are willing to donate a few hours each month then you could make a real difference and brighten up someone’s day

We are currently looking for Home Visitor Volunteers in the Bidford, Studley, Alcester, Henley, Gaydon, Nuneaton, Atherstone, Stratford areas.  Visits take place during the day time, Monday through Friday and last for approximately 1.5 hours each which means this volunteering role could easily fit around school runs and part time working.

Clubs and Groups

Club Volunteers are needed to help out at our 14 social clubs across Warwickshire.

There are many ways to participate, from event planning and keeping accounts to arranging the venue and serving refreshments.  Of course the most important part is to sit down and have a chat with the members.  Our clubs are located at:

  • Atherstone

  • Alcester

  • Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Henley-in-Arden

  • Nuneaton

  • Rugby Hamilton House

  • Rugby Hilmorton

  • Rugby VIP

  • Bowls - Gaydon

  • Leamington Spa

  • Kenilworth

  • Coleshill

  • Southam

  • Shipston-on-Stour

Drivers

Volunteer Drivers are needed to help take our members to and from the various clubs and meetings around the County.  If you have your own car and would like to help we would like to hear from you.  

Office/Admin

Office Volunteers are needed at our Warwick office to help with general office duties such as photocopying letters, addressing/filling envelopes for our large membership mailing list, answering the phone, processing data relating to volunteers, research and spreadsheet completion.  Volunteering in our office / admin area is a great way to gain work experience, enhance administrative skills and gain confidence if you have been out of a formal work environment for some time.

Fundraising

Fundraising Volunteers are needed to help with our general fundraising strategy as well as supporting store and street collections.  If you are interested in fundraising and can spare a couple of hours when we are collecting in your area it would be a real help to us.  Alternatively, you may have letter writing or public speaking skills and would be able to be an 'Ambassador' for Warwckshire Vision Support and attend a community partner and give a presentation.   Event planning also comes under this banner and we are keen to hear from individuals who would like to be part of a team who will plan and execute a signature event in aid of Warwickshire Vision Support.  If you are currently studying event management then this could be a way of building your portfolio and gaining experience whilst also being part of a team of people of are supporting vulnerable visually impaired people.

Vision Support Centres

We need volunteers to help our coordinator to arrange the venue, greet people on arrival, help with refreshments and provide a friendly face and a listening ear. 

We have Vision Support Centres in Leamington (Monday), Stratford (Tuesday), Rugby (Wednesday) and Nuneaton  Nuneaton, Rugby and Stratford.  They all operate in central locations between 10 am and 12 noon.  We are also rolling out a programme of Pop-Up Vision Support Centres in more remote locations and will be looking for volunteers to support us at those so please get in contact if this is of interest to you.

IT Support Service

We are looking for volunteers who can train visually impaired people to use digital technology in accessing the Internet.  Our IT volunteers work alongside ur IT Trainer and teach accessibility features which are embeded in smart devices and tablets.  We work with the visually impaired individual to assess what they are trying to achieve i.e. connect to the internet, listen to music, make phone calls or go on social media and depending on what they want to do we can offer demonstrations of various devices so that they can identify which device to buy and then get training on.  If you are interested in sharing your IT skills either online or face-to-face please get in touch.

My Guide

This service provides sighted guides to our members to enable them to get out of the house and into the local community.

We will provide you with training and support as you help our members to go shopping, attend classes and generally participate fully in their local community. 

Magazine

We produce a magazine called Warwickshire Vision three times a year and are always on the look out for fresh and interesting articles for inclusion.  If you have a flare for creative writing then we would love to hear from you as we are hoping to include some short stories and poetry in the magazine.  We are also looking for inviduals who have an eye for detail, who can assist with the editing and formatting of the magazine and also those that can proofread which is a skill in itself.  Working with our small but beautifully formed editing team will give you an opportunity to develop your skills and also would be able to be used to bolster a portfolio of work if you are a student.  Our 'Editing' Team meet at our Budbrooke Road, Warwick address as and when necessary.  Some of the work associated with the magazine can also be carried out remotely so this is truly a flexible volunteering role. 

Social Media 

We are seeking individuals who can assist us in developing our social media profile.  We have a Facebook Page @WarksVisSupport, a Twitter account @WarksVisSupport and a fledgling Instagram account @warksvissupport.  We are looking for support to help us with setting up feeds, schedules etc and to provide some support with content generally.  We want to ensure that our content is engaging and fresh and targetted.  Social Media for us is a way of connecting with the wider population of Warwickshire and nationally who may be interested in what a sight loss charity does and who they support.  If this is something that interests you then please get in touch for a chat. 

General Media Support  We are looking for individuals who can help us produce some video footage which can be used for promotional purposes.  We are also interested in developing pod casts for our website.  If you have an interest in film production and editing, you may be studying this right now and would like to develop your portfolio, then we would love to hear from you.  Please phone us for a chat. 

Volunteer Coordiators - We have two volunteer coordinators - Del Hobden and Harjeet Matharu (1FTE post) who are responsible for recruiting, training and managing all of our volunteers.  They need support too, so if you would like to volunteer to help support and traing volunteers then we have a role for you too.  Please contact us for more information.

Summary

We are a charity which will support anyone with a visual impairment and are keen to ensure that our services are reaching all communities.  We are keen to hear from individuals who have connections with the minority communities within the county including the Sikh, Muslim, Polish and Gujarati communities.  No community is excluded from our services and we would like to be able to gain support from within communities to deliver our services.  Please contact us now and have a chat with one of our Volunteer Coordinators.  We are also engaging with educational establishments in Warwickshire including Warwick University on the border of Coventry with a view to opening up our volunteering opportunities to those students aged 16 years plus.  Many of the opportunities which are listed above are suitable for students both in full and part time education.  We recognise that students require even more flexibility in order to focus on their studies so are very willing to work with individuals on an adhoc basis which could be determined by term time committments.  If you are interested in any of our volunteering roles please call 01926411331 or email Volunteers@warwickshire.vision for more details.