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Eye Heroes

Eye Heroes is the UK’s first child-led campaign to fight avoidable blindness. Children are trained through volunteer-led interactive workshops to become eye health champions and inform adults in their communities about eye health and the benefits of regular eye tests. We are looking for volunteers to conduct one-hour workshops with children aged 8 – 12 years old in schools and after-school clubs.

Eye Heroes is the UK’s first child-led campaign to fight avoidable blindness. Children are trained through volunteer-led interactive workshops to become eye health champions and inform adults in their communities about eye health and the benefits of regular eye tests. We are looking for volunteers to conduct one-hour workshops with children aged 8 – 12 years old in schools and after-school clubs.

Role Aim: 

Volunteers would conduct fun and engaging one-hour workshops to train children on eye care and eye health and help them be change agents as Eye Heroes for eye health with adults in their social circles.

Volunteers have the option to become a Local Lead for Eye Heroes if there isn’t one in the area. Local Leads are our main point of contact for coordinating and communicating future workshops in a specific region. Volunteers who choose to be Local Leads will contact schools, recruit more volunteers for the workshops, and promote Eye Heroes with the local community and local partners.

The volunteer will lead the workshop using the toolkit and resources provided by Eye Heroes. The volunteer will interact and engage with the children using games, videos, role play and interactive activities. The teachers are expected to be in the classroom to provide supervision. The Lead volunteer would coordinate with the school on the logistics planning for the workshop.

Duties: 

The volunteers facilitate one-hour workshops with children aged 8-12 years old in schools and after-school clubs.

Local Leads are the main point of contact for coordinating and communicating future workshops in a specific region. The Local Lead will have the leadership duties of organising the workshops with schools and promoting Eye Heroes with the local community and partners.

Skills needed: 

Volunteers don’t need to be experts. All we are looking for are do-gooders.

No special skills or knowledge of Science, eye health or eye care are required.

Volunteers need to be interested and encouraging to respond to children’s questions and curiosity, and be attentive and inclusive of children’s need to learn and develop.

We ask that our volunteers, when interacting with children in the workshop:

1. encourage questions and interaction

2. avoid any technical lingo/jargon

3. ask thought-provoking questions

4. show appreciation for each child’s participation

5. include less vocal children

6. are flexible with the interests of the group

Training: 

Volunteers will be provided with an easy to understand training video, a downloadable toolkit and information about everything else that will make the workshop smooth and fun!

The Volunteer coordinator will also be available for questions by email or phone.

Location: 
The volunteers will ‘work’/volunteer in schools.
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
One hour sessions in schools, depending on volunteers and schools availability.