What is volunteering?
Volunteering is any activity or service that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that benefits someone else, the local community or the environment.
People volunteer for various reasons including: to develop their skills, to do something valuable in their local community, to build their confidence, to gain skills and experience to be better prepared for employment, to gain experience needed for a qualification, and many more.
Here at BSBP volunteering involves assisting our members with a wide range of social and physical activity.
Who can volunteer?
BSBP are committed to providing volunteering opportunities for anyone regardless of age, experience, background, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or refugee status.
Please note DBS criminal record checks are required for some volunteering roles for safeguarding purposes.
Why volunteer with BSBP?
Volunteering with BSBP has a wide range of benefits including:-
- Out of pocket expenses are refunded
- Full Visual Impairment Awareness training
- Full Sighted Guide Training
- Further your life skills and share existing skills with others
- Working as part of a team
- On-going support and supervision
- Have fun and meet new people
How Can I Help?
BSBP currently have a wide range of challenging and rewarding volunteering opportunities available to new and existing volunteers.
Our Befriending service has been running successfully now for over 20 years. Volunteers visit a visually impaired member on a weekly basis to assist with mini shopping trips, helping members keep up to date with correspondence, accompanying to and from eye hospital appointments and general conversation for those who do not receive many visitors and can become quite isolated.
Volunteer drivers play a key role in helping some of our more isolated members access our services by picking them up from their homes and bringing them to the sensory centre. Other volunteer driving roles may involve taking members to hospital appointments or groups or activities that we have organised out in the community.
The ramblers group is proving a popular one with our visually impaired members, for those who like to walk and be at one with nature. The group requires sighted volunteers who will receive professional sighted guide training and will accompany members on organised trips to national parks and local ramblers routes organised by the group.
Art & Craft Group
The art group runs fortnightly on a Monday afternoon from 2pm-3pm. All volunteers require and interest or knowledge in arts and crafts to assist members who attend the group.
The Fundraising committee are currently looking for volunteers to assist and accompany members when out and about at organised venues around Bolton collecting money on behalf of BSBP with donation collection tins. Ideally volunteers will have their own mode of transport.
Also, for those wishing to gain experience in managing small projects, get involved with the Fundraising Team. We are looking for some additional creativity and dedication.
Out of sight
Out of sight is BSBP’s project which aims to improve the physical wellbeing and reduce social isolation amongst visually impaired people in Bolton. The Project will run over a 3 year period with varying physical activities and other activities to improve health and well-being including; horse riding, gym sessions, Thai Chi, Dancing, IT, Arm Chair Exercises, Healthy Eating and tandem biking. Volunteers will be essential to running this project as they will offer one to one guidance for our visually impaired members when engaging in the above activities.
BSBP are always seeking support to help us day-to-day in the offices at our centre. We need support in answering the telephone, meeting and greeting and completing some admin tasks. This is ideal for anyone with good communication skills, good IT skills and who is polite and courteous.
How much time do I need to give?
Voluntary work with BSBP is very flexible and allows you to give as much time as you like. You can tell us when you are and are not available and we will find a voluntary role that is suitable for you. Some of our existing volunteers give up several hours on a weekly basis, others help out at one off events as and when they are available.
How do I get started?
Or write to:
Bolton Society for Blind People
336 Ainsworth Lane
BSBP’s Project Development Worker will contact you within 5 working days to arrange an informal interview.