Volunteer with us

Are you thinking of volunteering? The Vision Foundation is always grateful to anyone who wants to volunteer their time to help us change lives and save sight.

From volunteer mentor to Marathon cheerleader, shop assistant to volunteer befriender, there are loads of ways you can volunteer your time and skills with Vision Foundation.

You don’t need a lot of time to make a big difference. While some roles have a minimum time commitment, others are very flexible or even one-off opportunities.

Volunteering can help increase your skills and confidence. It’s a great way to improve your CV, encounter different experiences and meet new people. And we’ll be there to support you all the way.

Why volunteers are so important to the Vision Foundation

Volunteers are at the heart of what we do, helping us reach more of the 200,000 blind and partially sighted people in London.

To change lives and save sight, we need to build a movement of generous people like you who want to make a difference by supporting us in our charity shops or elsewhere in the community. Join us.

We have a number of volunteering opportunities, including:

  • Working in our network of charity shops – 12 shops around Greater London.
  • Organising community fundraising events
  • Supporting our head office through volunteer administration and research
  • Cheering squads at our runs and challenge events.

 “I came to Sutton Vision (Vision Foundation partner charity) in a desperate state following a sudden loss of sight. By becoming a volunteer I found others who had many more disabilities than I and I enjoyed being able to assist them.  I am a lucky one whose sight has been partially restored.  Volunteering helped my depression and made me realise I was still able to do a lot of things!  Thank you Sutton Vision.” Anon

Inclusion and accessibility

The Vision Foundation is passionate about giving everyone equal opportunities to volunteer, and we welcome your application whoever you are and whatever your needs. We work hard to ensure our volunteer opportunities are accessible to and inclusive of disabled people and other minority groups.

Blind and partially sighted volunteers

Lots of blind and partially sighted volunteers support the Vision Foundation and our delivery partners.


No one should be out of pocket for volunteering, so we reimburse travel and lunch expenses for roles where this is relevant.

Volunteering can change lives

Volunteering with the Vision Foundation’s network of delivery partners:

  • Sutton Vision have a number of volunteering opportunities please visit their website Sutton Vision for more details
  • Sight for Surrey are also on the look out for friendly volunteers willing to spare a few hours of their time. Please see their website Sight for Surrey for more details
  • Merton Vision have a long history of recruiting and training volunteers for a variety of roles.  For further information please call  020 8540 5446 and ask for Carmel Sammons, or visit their volunteer webpage Merton Vision
  • Talking News Islington produce audio resources for the local visually impaired community. Audio recordings are an important source of news and information for visually impaired people. If you would like to lend hand producing transcripts or recording audio newspapers Talking News would love to hear from you.