Meeting people and making friends
We are proud of the high standard of training and support we provide to our volunteers. This includes regular online meetings for information sharing and training, and also social contact.
We were delighted to welcome 24 volunteers to our face-to-face training weekend in 2022. All volunteers are in regular contact with our staff team and those supporting our services are offered one-to-one supervision sessions to manage their own wellbeing.
In 2022 we reviewed all of our volunteer induction and training materials and in 2023 we will be re-designing our recruitment process.
In 2022, our helpline volunteer team responded to over 1,000 calls and emails, providing emotional, life-changing conversations while offering practical help ideas, support and relevant signposting. Collectively they give around 400 hours of their time to the helpline service each month. Our 11 Talk & Support volunteers supported 21 individuals via regular telephone contact and gave around 240 hours of their time.
Volunteers are critical to the success of our rapidly growing local peer support group network. In 2022 our volunteer facilitators led 59 in-person and online meetings enabling around 600 people affected by inherited sight loss to meet others with lived experience in their local area. This will increase in 2023.
Other volunteer roles include recording our charity’s newsletter, providing guiding and support at our events, helping out in our office and sorting stamps for our appeal.
Many volunteers also choose to make a further valuable contribution by raising funds to support our work.
2022 volunteer survey
We actively encourage regular feedback from volunteers and our three-yearly survey enables us take a snapshot of their experience and learn how we can develop and improve the support and training we provide.
20 volunteers completed our 2022 survey ranging from volunteers with more than 16 years’ service to under one year. Here is some of their feedback: