Last updated: January 2021
Volunteers provide a vital role in the work of many organisations across London. With Covid-19 changing the ways community organisations run their projects their need for volunteers couldn’t be greater.
If you’re looking for a way to support blind and partially sighted people in your community please do check out the opportunities below.
Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers for visual assistance through a live video call.
A blind or a low-vision user may need help with anything from checking expiry dates, distinguishing colors, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings. Install the app and create an account to start receiving calls.
Croydon Vision have a variety volunteering opportunities available.
They are especially keen to hear from people who can provide support with their Grocery Shopping and Food Delivery Services during the pandemic.
If interested, please email: volunteering@CroydonVision.org.uk or call 020 8688 2486.
Eye Heroes is a volunteer-led intervention designed to raise awareness about eye health.
Eye Heroes are currently looking for volunteers to help with communications and administration.
To apply for the opportunities above, please send a resume and detailed cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kingston Association for the Blind
Kingston Association for the Blind have a variety of volunteering opportunities available.
They are looking for volunteers to support Eye Buddy Scheme which can include visiting, befriending and assisting elderly clients who are blind or partially sighted.
Merton Vision have a variety opportunities available - from home visiting to telephone befrienders and online gurus.
To see all available opportunities, please visit their website.
Middlesex Association for the Blind
Middlesex Association for the Blind are currently taking applications from volunteers to support their Home Visiting service.
To enquire about the opportunity, please call 020 8423 5141 or send an application through their website.
QCCA's mission is to help the people of Queen's Crescent in Gospel Oak live their best lives.
QCCA are looking for volunteers who can help with essential services during the pandemic.
They are keen to hear from volunteers who can support their food distribution outside the centre.
To enquire, please email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SeeAbility provide specialist support, accommodation and eye care help for people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss.
SeeAbility have a variety opportunities available - from helping with the garden to being a phone buddy or fundraising volunteer.
To enquire about the opportunities above, please apply through their website.
Southwark Pensioners Centre
Southwark Pensioners Centre have a variety of opportunities available - from helping with the garden to digital champions.
To enquire about the opportunities, please email: finance@SouthwarkPensioners.org.uk or call 0207 708 4556.
Time and Talents
Time and Talents is a lively, busy community centre in the heart of Rotherhithe. They focus on providing ways for people to connect and share their time and talents.
Time and Talents welcome volunteers to support their telephone befriending services and helping with the collection of necessities.
To enquire about the opportunities, please email: volunteering@TimeAndTalents.org.uk or call 0207 232 5669.
Time to Spare/Furlough Go
Furlough Go has been set up to enable charities and community groups to connect with furloughed staff as volunteers.
They are working in the voluntary and community sector, as well as adult social care and public health to mobilise and direct volunteers to the places where there is the greatest need.