Furloughed staff volunteer portal

The purpose of this portal is to facilitate the exchanging of furloughed staff who are unable (due to the furloughing rules) to volunteer for their own organisations but are willing to volunteer for other sight loss organisations.

How it works

The portal operates by enabling sight loss charities to register their volunteering requirements/opportunities. These volunteering vacancies are then advertised on the portal, with furloughed staff encouraged to review the opportunities and contact the organisations direct to discuss.

Visionary will also underpin this activity by supporting organisations to develop volunteer management capacity.

Looking for volunteers?

If you are a sight loss organisation looking for volunteers then please complete this form.

If you would like advice or support on working with volunteers in your organisation then please contact us.

Want to offer your services?

The below sight loss charities are looking for volunteers – if you are interested then please contact them direct to discuss.

Name of sightloss organsiation Kirklees Visual Impairment Network
Organisation Website www.kvin.org.uk
Country/Regions/Counties/Cities they operate


Kirklees, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Contact number 07708054245
Email Claire Drake
Volunteering opportunities Website Developer:

We have a basic wordpress website which we are wanting to develop further so that it is fit for purpose for our service users. We are looking to improve; security, accessibility features, page layouts etc…

We are looking for someone with experience to help us update and improve the website. We are looking for someone who has experience in web development especially wordpress.

Digital fundraiser:

As a small charity we have not tapped into the possibility of fundraising online via our social media platforms. Now is the opportune moment for us to link donate buttons to our website and social media and have help to run fundraising appeals and develop a strategy for the future.

We are looking for someone who is experienced in digital fundraising to help us learn a new skill for the charity.

Skills or areas of knowledge/expertise the organisation could also benefit from
  • Web development, wordpress
  • Social media
  • Digital fundraising
  • Marketing planning
Other details Kirklees Visual Impairment Network (KVIN) is a sight loss charity based in Kirklees in West Yorkshire. We support local people who have sight loss to live independently through running peer support sessions in 3 locations each week.

A main focus is to promote the use of technology to help people maintain their independence such as learning to use voice over or text to speech software.

We are now unable to run our face to face groups but have replaced them with group chats on Zoom and individual support through phone calls.

This is being run by our small staff team and volunteer team.



Name of sight loss organisation Sightline Vision
Organisation Website www.sightline.org.uk
Country/Regions/Counties/Cities they operate across North West of England

Volunteer roles are home-based so you do not need to be based in the region.

Contact number 08005872252
Email  Ian Edwards
Volunteering opportunities Sightline is looking for volunteers to carry out the role of a befriender on our confidential telephone befriending service.
Skills or areas of knowledge/expertise the organisation could also benefit from All volunteers are provided with comprehensive training, peer support and, because our work is phone based, you will work from home. Our training and systems are designed around the needs of volunteers with sight loss.
Other details Give us a call for an informal no commitment chat to see if you would like to be a befriender to a visually impaired person who may currently be more isolated than usual due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


Name of sight loss organisation Berkshire Vision
Organisation Website                             www.berkshirevision.org.uk
Country/Regions/Counties/Cities they operate across Berkshire
Contact number 0118 987 2803
Email  Laura Mitchell
Volunteering opportunities
  • Help to create engaging content e.g. weekly blog from people with sight loss about life in lockdown as a VI (ideas most welcome!)
  • Fundraising (open to ideas on how to do this during social distancing)
  • Virtual events
  • Review with us what approaches we could take to supporting members with assistive tech. We currently have a resources centre for demo purposes with low take up.
Skills or areas of knowledge/expertise the organisation could also benefit from
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Assistive Tech




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