0191 478 5959

Aiming to enable visually impaired people to enjoy the quality of life others take for granted.


Sight Service is one of the premier support agencies for people with visual impairments in the Gateshead and South Tyneside areas.

We provide information, training and support for people of all ages, their carers, families, employers and providers of public services. Sight Service can offer reading aids and life skills training as well as assessments.

Although we have employed specialist staff we also depend upon volunteers to support us.

The Role

Service aims to reduce the feelings of loneliness and isolation that can be experienced by people living with sight loss. We are seeking to recruit people who are prepared to commit to making calls to clients on a regular basis.

Skills needed for this role

A sensitive attitude towards other people
To be open minded and non judgemental
A friendly and patient approach
Enthusiastic with a positive attitude
Good communication skills particularly being an active listener
An awareness or experience of the issues affecting people with sight loss
Reliable and trustworthy
Prepared to commit to make regular phone calls on a regular basis

Why volunteer with us?

Make a positive difference to the people that you contact
Inspire other by reducing isolation and building confidence
Provide a service that is both rewarding and satisfying
Build your inter-personal skills
Contribute to the work of Sight Service

What support will be given?

Training that includes induction and an introduction to Visual Impairment Awareness
Each volunteer receives a Volunteer handbook and support from a dedicated member of staff and the Volunteer Co-ordinator
Expense paid (inline with company policy)

What do Sight Service require?

Initial Volunteer interview
Completed Volunteer Application Form
Two references
Criminal Record Check Information (DBS)

I am interested who do I contact?

If you would like to volunteer for Sight Service please contact us on 0191 4785959 or email or download an application form from our resource page.