We need you!

Written by Hayley

We are looking for Outreach Volunteers to join our busy team! Can you help?

We are looking for volunteers who will help to run our outreach events. These events are central to the support we offer to people living with sight loss and their families and carers. We currently run two busy events per month at The Ridings Shopping Centre in central Wakefield, and a smaller monthly event at The Cluntergate Centre in Horbury. We do also run ad hoc events and day trips during the year and always need volunteer support for these also.

We are looking for people who would be suited to a role where they will:

Welcome every guest with a smile, in a warm and friendly manner, ensuring everyone leaves feeling like they have been supported and have made new friends.

Engage with guests, ensuring people visiting on their own are introduced to others and made to feel part of the group (some guiding may be required).

Assist in the organisation, preparation and serving of refreshments (hot drinks and biscuits in the main) and being responsible for setting up before events and clearing up afterwards.

Ensure the area we are using is keep clean and free of hazards, with plenty of room for people using mobility aids (e.g. long cane, Guide Dog) to move around freely.

Complete referral paperwork for people who require additional support or who would like to access other services (e.g. home visits, specialist equipment demonstration) and returning this paperwork to the office/staff team (full training on this will be given).

About you:

No prior experience of sight loss or working with people with sight loss is required, as full training and support will be given.

We do need people who can commit regularly to the same day/time each month, please.

Expenses policy:

Travel to and from the outreach events to a maximum of 25 miles radius is claimable. Mileage is payable at a rate of 45p per mile for cars and vans, 24p for motorcycles and 20p for use of a pedal bike, or full reimbursement of public transport costs.

To find out more, or for an informal chat, please contact Nicola Ellis (Finance and Outreach Manager) on 01924 215555 or operations@wdsa.org.uk.