Join us

We welcome blind and partially sighted volunteers to join the Sight Loss Councils.  Please see what volunteering opportunities are available below.

Please note that applications for the London Sight Loss Council are now closed. If you would like further information please email info@sightlosscouncils.org.uk

Applications for Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council are also closed, but if you are still interested, please fill in our expression of interest form below.

Become a Sight Loss Council member

Are you blind or partially sighted and interested in advocating for others?

Join our community of blind and partially sighted advocates and help support visually impaired people in your area to live the lives they want to lead.

What does a Sight Loss Council member do?

As a Sight Loss Council member your duties may include putting forward local issues affecting your community at Sight Loss Council meetings (ie pavement parking, guide dog refusals etc) or taking part in accessibility testing sessions, forums, seminars and contributing to public consultations.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our meetings will be held virtually for now.

If you’re interested in gaining advocacy experience, you are a great communicator and confident with technology (or willing to learn), then don’t miss this opportunity to be an advocate from your own home!

If you are interested in finding out more information about volunteering for the Sight Loss Councils, read the Volunteer Role Description below and fill in our short  expression of interest form.

If you would like to apply to become a Sight Loss Council member apply online today.

Volunteer Role Description Sight Loss Council Member

 

What do the Sight Loss Councils do?

Sight Loss Councils are currently expanding their reach across England to give people who are blind or partially sighted the opportunity to influence positive change and improve services at a national and local level.

Each Sight Loss Council aims to make a difference by representing the voice of blind and partially sighted people in the key areas of health, employment, education, transport, technology, and sport. If you have a particular interest in any of these areas, please let us know.

Examples of Sight Loss Councils’ work include:

  • providing GP Surgeries in Bristol with visual awareness training
  • working with StageCoach on new audio-visual announcements on their buses in Gloucestershire
  • providing accessibility feedback on a healthcare app in Birmingham
  • running accessibility workshops with the Apple store in Liverpool.

Where do we work

We currently have Sight Loss Councils in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Birmingham, Black Country, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear, Bedfordshire, York and London.

Why volunteer with us?

We will provide you with core training and ongoing opportunities to learn and develop in your role.

Skills you may learn include advocating for yourself and others, improving your confidence in public speaking, organising events and much more. We’ll focus on your strengths and interests and help you build upon them. These are all skills that will really help boost your CV if or when applying for jobs!

How do I join?

If you are interested in finding out more information about volunteering for the Sight Loss Councils, read the Volunteer Role Description below and fill in our short expression of interest form. If you would like to apply to become a Sight Loss Council member, apply online.

Volunteer Role Description Sight Loss Council Member (DOCX, 60 KB)

Read more about being a Sight Loss Council member in Volunteer Stories

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