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Be a friendly guide for a visually impaired person

by Sandwell Visually Impaired CIO (SVI)

We are looking for helpers who can support a blind or visually impaired person to get out and about, enjoy everyday activities - and have fun! We need volunteers who are confident at explaining things, have patience and empathy, and can spare a little time. Activities could be as simple as going for a walk, shopping, or a gym session. You would be providing one-to-one sighted guide support and social interaction to our members who want to get out and about - assisting with queues, one-way systems and potentially the need to maintain social distance. All activities would comply with the RNIB guidelines and training provided.

Organisation description

A user-led charitable organisation providing support and information to blind and visually impaired people, their families and carers in Sandwell. SVI is managed and run by visually impaired people. They give information and support to anyone in Sandwell with an interest in sight impairment.


Please contact to discuss any access needs

Preferred skills

Volunteer must be sighted, have clear speech and be able to read and describe signs and objects out loud.

Experience gained

Learn how to view the world in a different way and have fun by supporting a blind or partially sighted person - improving their communication and social skills and undertaking sighted guide training.

Will the organisation carry out a DBS check?


Minimum age


Age focus

  • Adults
  • Older people

Time of volunteering

  • Weekdays
  • Weekends
  • Daytime
  • Evenings


  • Mainly indoors
  • Mainly outdoors
  • To learn new skills and improve my job prospects
  • To share my skills and creativity

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