Sight loss peer support group volunteers - Worksop

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Hosted by: Macular Society
Opportunity Description: Why we need you
The Macular Society is the UK’s leading charity determined to beat the fear and isolation of macular disease with world-class research, and the best advice and support. By giving your time, you will help us to reach the thousands of people living with macular disease and sight loss in your area and provide life-changing support. Our groups provide information, support and new friendships to those with macular disease, along with their family and friends.

Will it suit me?
The Worksop support group is looking for volunteers who will work as part of a team to ensure the smooth running of the group. No one person is responsible, which helps to lighten the load. Select the task(s) that feel right for you. If you get a buzz from helping others then this role is perfect for you. We need reliable and friendly volunteers. You don’t need to have a macular condition nor sight loss; empathy and an understanding of its impact will help you to provide the best support.
Tasks shared by volunteers may include:
• Meet and greet – welcoming members and guests, sharing information, wrapping things up at the end.
• Group programme – organising guest speakers and suggesting social activities.
• Keeping in touch with group members.
• Maintaining a list of members and sharing updates with head office.
• Collecting meeting subs.
• Organising and/or serving tea and coffee.
• Setting out the chairs.

Time commitment
The group meets on the second Monday of each month from 10.30am until 12.30pm. Two to three hours is all we need each month, with flexibility if things change for you.
Type of Activity: Advice, Information & Support, Befriending & Buddying
Areas of Interest: Disability, Elderly, Health and Hospital and Hospices
Skills: Leadership, Interpersonal
Who we are looking for: We don't need you to have any existing experience of helping to run a group, just a willingness to get involved. Reliability is key and empathetic nature will help you provide the right support. You don't need to have a macular condition or sight loss. It's not essential that you have IT skills, but if you are comfortable with using a computer or tablet, then this is a bonus.
Suitable for: People with Visual Impairment, Indoors, Long Term Commitment, With Friends, Older People
Practical considerations: No major practical considerations. Interested volunteers would need to be able to get to and attend the support group on the second Monday of each month from 10.30am until 12.30pm at Worksop Library. Being part of a team means everyone is able to help with others can't make it.
Recruitment method: Application Form, Informal Discussion, References
Disabled Access details: The room we use for the meetings is located on the ground floor with easy access.
Expenses details: We will reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses.
Any Age/Gender restrictions: The opportunity is available to anyone aged 18 and above.
Support for volunteers with additional needs: We are happy to discuss any support that might be needed for someone to be successful in this role.
Induction Arrangments: A full induction is provided, which many complete alongside getting started with some of the tasks.
Insurance Cover: Volunteers are covered by Macular Society insurance
Support Available: We value our volunteers and we provide the support you need to be confident and successful in your role. You will learn more about us, our work, more about macular disease and subjects that are important to us such as confidentiality and looking after yourself and others. Our programme is flexible and you can take part in some of it from the comfort of your own home. Your regional manager is on hand for individual support and you can enjoy the wider help offered as a member of our volunteer network.
Training: Full training is provided and additional support is on offer.