Sight Life are looking for new volunteers to support our activities and resources for our blind and partially sighted members.
We have appointed Valerie Baynton as our new Volunteer Development Manager to build and develop our volunteer pool across South Wales. We have an amazing group of volunteers already who help us with several activities, contact lines, and administrative tasks, but we are always looking for more!
How to help
We are looking for:
We need drivers to help our local service users get out and about to community groups, social events, visits to friends and family, and health related trips. Your help will ensure our members can lead independent, active, and fulfilling lives by increasing their social inclusion. You will need a valid, clean driving licence and access to your own roadworthy car, along with proof of insurance and MOT documents. Hours will vary based on the client request, but it will usually be during office hours 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. There will be flexibility with your hours depending on your availability.
Pedal Power Pilots
Do you enjoy cycling? We are looking for volunteers to pilot tandem bikes at our Pedal Power activity group. Our Pedal Power sessions are great fun, allowing our members to get out and about and cycle alongside a volunteer in a tandem bike.
We need more volunteers to join our befrienders programme, supporting our most isolated members and ensuring they receive the practical support they need, from a friendly face.
If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, contact Val on 02920 28900 or 07707295121. Alternatively, you can email her at [email protected].
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.