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London Vision

Thomas Pocklington Trust is a national charity dedicated to delivering positive change for people affected by sight loss.

Since 1958 we have been providing a range of support and housing options, through our centres across the South and Midlands, to help people with sight loss live the way they want to live.

Research is a central part of the work that we do. Each year we manage a programme of social and public health research to identify practical ways in which we, and others, can improve the lives of visually impaired people and those at risk of losing their sight. Communicating our research messages and ensuring they are turned into practice is an essential part of our follow-on work.

At Pocklington we are also focussed on implementing the UK Vision Strategy across London. We are working with the London Visual Impairment Forum, local sight loss societies, people with sight loss and other key stakeholders, to identify priority needs in London. This information is helping us to establish local vision strategies in every London borough, with the aim to improve services for blind and visually impaired people living in the city.

Application deadline: 

Do you want to help people? Do you have a few hours to spare each month to support blind and partially sighted people in London?

Become an events volunteer for TPT and join us on a range of interesting and unique activities adapted for visually impaired people. Volunteers are needed to meet, guide, audio describe and participate in activities such as touch tours of museums, audio-described performances, walks, sports and much more. Activities take place across London but mainly in East, South East and Central.

Volunteers need to be reliable, confident, excellent communicators and empathetic to the needs of visually impaired people. We ask for once a month attendance at an activity. Full training is provided.

If you are interested please download the role description and application form at http://www.pocklington-trust.o… and return it to volunteering@pocklington-trust…

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Role Aim: 

The aim of the Events volunteer role is to decrease the social isolation and increase the confidence of visually impaired people by supporting at a range of social and leisure events such as meals out, theatre trips, museum, sports. The volunteers are needed to meet members at transport and guide and support them to participate in the activity.

Duties: 

Main Aspects of the role

• Event volunteers meet, greet and support people who are blind or partially sighted to attend a range of group events

• Events might be workshops, seminars, presentations or social events such as pub nights, quizzes, or meals out

• Event volunteers help staff with registration, refreshments and clearing up as well as supporting people to take part in the event, which might include general conversation, facilitating groups, motivating, encouraging and confidence building

Skills needed: 

Skills, experience and qualities needed

• You need to be lively, cheery and welcoming

• You should enjoy spending time with people and find it easy to start and keep up conversations

• You will need to be alert and able to keep an eye on situations so that you can offer help when its needed

• You don’t need to have experience of supporting people who are blind or partially sighted as we will provide training and support

• You need to be comfortable volunteering in an environment where guide dogs may be present.

Training: 

Volunteers are provided with a full training and induction covering how to guide and some eye conditions.

Location: 
Various locations in London but mainly Central, South East and East London.
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
The activities take place at various times and days but usually Mon-Friday 9am to 5pm.
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here