0191 478 5959

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


We are currently seeking car owner-drivers as many of our visually impaired visitors are unable to use public transport. Most blind and partially sighted people are older, live alone and can be socially isolated if they do not get out.

Many also have other difficulties including arthritis, diabetes and hearing loss. Our clubs and activities are their lifeline. The volunteer driver role will include collecting people from their homes and taking them to our resource centre or other venues in Gateshead or South Tyneside and returning them home after the event. As a volunteer driver you will receive training, support and mileage expenses of 40 pence per mile.

Main Responsibilities

To Ensure our visitors are transported safely to and from their destinationWhen required assist and guide visitors into the building

Skills needed for this role

To be over 21 years and have held a full clean driving licence for over 2 years
To have good communication skills and be friendly and polite

To be confident in guiding someone with a visual impairment. We do provide comprehensive training in Visual Impairment Awareness and practical guiding skills.

Why Volunteer

To gain experience of working with a high profile voluntary sector service provider
To gain experience to add to your CV

Acquire training that includes induction and an introduction to Visual Impairment Awareness

Each volunteer also receives a Volunteer handbook and support from a dedicated member of staff and the Volunteer Co-ordinator

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.