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Volunteering

There are many volunteering opportunities available at Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (SRSB) and Rotherham Sight & Sound (RSS), depending on the type of role that you are looking for, or the experience that you can bring to our team.

We are proud to work with individuals and organisations to provide volunteer opportunities for our diverse community. We are looking for volunteers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to help us with our work.

As we extend our services we are constantly creating new roles for volunteers. Volunteering enables us to provide the range and quantity of services for our clients, and our volunteers are invaluable to us. 

There are many reasons why people become a volunteer and here are just a few:

  • One of the biggest reasons that people volunteer is to give something back and feel the reward of helping others.
  • Clients, or their family and friends who have experienced the services and support provided by SRSB or RSS wanting to give something back.
  • It offers valuable experience to you; it can enhance your CV and help you gain experience in a field that you would like to work in.
  • To meet new people and make friends.
  • To become more involved in the local community.
  • To learn something new.
  • To carry on using skills after work or retirement.
  • To have fun!

Don’t worry if you can’t commit to a regular day and time, as there are several roles that you can help with on an occasional basis at times which suit your circumstances.

What you can expect:

You will gain valuable experience and develop your skills in a friendly supportive environment. You will also have fun and meet new people whilst gaining satisfaction that you have made a difference to many of our clients. We are confident that you will enjoy being part of our team. You will:

  • Receive any necessary training.
  • Receive on-going support from our Volunteer Co-ordinator.
  • Be provided with all relevant information and our Volunteers Handbook.
  • Be made aware of all our Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.
  • Be reimbursed out of pocket expenses in accordance with expenses policy.
  • We hold two volunteer appreciation events every year to recognise the contribution that our volunteers make.

What SRSB requires:

  • You will be acting as a representative of our charity and we ask you to be reliable, trustworthy and professional.
  • To comply with our Policies, Guidelines and Procedures.

Other details

All volunteers go through a recruitment process relevant to the role, which could include:

  • Application Form (including 2 suitable referees).
  • An interview.
  • DBS checks are required for certain roles, which we carry out at no cost to you.
  • You will be given training about the particular role you choose and given printed handbooks about volunteering for our charity. Visual Impairment/Deaf Awareness Training are also provided.

What to do next:

Please look through the different volunteer opportunities available to help you decide which role(s) you may be interested in. Read more…

If you would like to register your interest in volunteering for SRSB and/or RSS, please fill in the online application form. You will be contacted by our Volunteer Co-ordinator, within a few days.

Please note: Roles are dependent on a successful interview and availibility.

Alternatively, contact us for an informal chat on 0114 272 2757 or email volunteers@srsb.org.uk

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