I want to volunteer

We love our volunteers! They are our lifeblood and they are essential in helping us reach as many people as we do. Their contributions make a massive impact on the lives of people with sight loss in South Wales.

Volunteering is an incredibly rewarding experience. It can offer the opportunity to gain new skills and useful life or work experience plus the chance to meet interesting new people! Our passionate, committed volunteers want to help us to change lives, so we recruit people who believe they can stay with us for a while. We offer a comprehensive training package and lots of support. If you’ve got a skill you’d like to share with us, or if you’re looking for an opportunity to learn something new, we’d love to hear from you. Click here to meet some our existing volunteers and find out why they support us in the way they do.

To find out more about our volunteering opportunities, please call one of our regional offices or contact us to have a chat about how you could join our team.


About Sight Life 

Sight Life (formerly Cardiff Institute for the Blind) supports people who are blind or partially sighted in south Wales. In 2020/21 we helped more than 3,000 people in Cardiff, Swansea, RCT (Rhondda Cynon Taf), Neath and Port Talbot.

We provide statutory services to people with sight loss on behalf of the local Councils in Cardiff and Swansea.

In cooperation with the NHS, we provide a support service (ECLO: Eye Clinic Liaison Officer) for patients newly diagnosed with sight loss in University Hospital of Wales (UHW “The Heath”) in Cardiff.

Our aims are to ensure that people with sight loss can take part in all aspects of society, including work and leisure.

We offer a range of training, clubs and activities including audio-described theatre trips, confidence building, cooking, drama, employment support, fitness, gardening, IT, music, photography, rambling and yoga to people with sight loss.

Established in 1865, we are one of Wales’ oldest charities. In spring 2022 we returned to being an independent charity after being part of the UK wide RNIB Group since 2009.

We have approximately a dozen staff and annual income in the region of £440,000 from statutory contracts, grants, trusts, The National Lottery, donations and legacies.

Sight Life changed its name from Cardiff Institute for the Blind in 2019 to reflect the fact that we work beyond Cardiff, including Swansea and RCT (Rhondda Cynon Taf). The name change also recognises the fact that we support people with any degree of sight loss, not only those who are blind.

Please support our work and make a donation to Sight Life by clicking donate here. Alternatively, text SIGHTLIFE to 70085 to donate £10, or text SIGHT to 70560 to donate £5.

To fundraise for us please click fundraising.

To volunteer with us please click volunteering.

Thank you!