Become a volunteer and support your community


Our volunteers make an enormous difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people. Without you we would not be able to reach and support as many blind and partially sighted people as we do.  We have over a 100 different volunteering roles to suit your skills, experience and background. If you only have a few hours to spare, we'll have something to suit you and the impact of your time is immense.

Give a little time, make a big difference.

Community Network Volunteer

Do you enjoy being part of your local community?  Can you help us raise awareness of our work and help us to recruit volunteers in your local area?  We need you to visit community centres, libraries, shops, churches and events to provide them with information leaflets and posters and talk to people about volunteering for RNIB

Occasional Events Volunteer

We're looking for some to provide ad hoc help and support at various events in the local area.  You could help with collections for an hour, registering people, giving out leaflets, t-shirts or refreshments, taking part in cheer squads, acting as guides and stewards and exercising guide dogs.  This is the perfect opportunity if you have limited availability but still want to get involved.

Reader Support

As a Reader Support volunteer, you'll be helping people with sight loss, who want to continue reading, or who want to rediscover the joy of reading through new technology.  You'll help people understand the alternative ways books can be read - Braille, Giant Print, Audio - and how they can choose from the online catalogue.

Sooty Box Volunteer

Are you friendly and outgoing?  We're looking for volunteer to join our team to visit shops, pubs and leisure centres in the local community.  We need volunteers to find homes for boxes, empty boxes already placed and help to coordinate our Sooty Box volunteers.  Over 18 only.

Fundraising Group Member

Do you want to be part of a friendly and vibrant team?  Could you help organise events and activities?  These could include tea parties, store collections, pub quizzes, raffles or anything else you think would be a fun way to fundraise in your community.  We are looking for enthusiastic volunteer full of ideas to join a fundraising group in your local area.

Community Fundraising Administration Volunteer 

Are you organised, confident and motivated?  We need an enthusiastic volunteer to assist with a variety of interesting administrative tasks and project support to assist the efforts of our Community Fundraising Team.  You will help us to raise the funds we need to support blind and partially sighted people.  The role will give you invaluable hands-on experience of fundraising for a major charity.

Welfare Benefits and Rights Customer Feedback Volunteer

Do you have excellent communication skills? Can you build a rapport with people and put them at ease? Could you carry out follow up telephone calls to customers that have received services from our Welfare Rights Team? 

If so, then we need YOU to help us evaluate how our service assists people in maintaining their independence, maximising people's income and opening up new opportunities. This role is important, and by giving your time and skills you will be part of a dedicated team who make a real difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people. 

This role does not require a DBS check. 

Street and Store Collector

Make a difference in your local community by joining our successful team of dedicated fundraising volunteers. Be part of our team of volunteers collecting regularly at local supermarkets and shopping centres throughout the year. 

Did you know that £100,000 was raised from loose change last year from street and store collections? This year we are on target to reach £150,000, imagine how much more we could raise with your help. Every £410 we raise can pay for someone newly diagnosed as blind or partially sighted to attend a confidence-boosting 'Finding your Feet' weekend. 

Due to insurance requirements, you must be aged 18 or over to do this role 

This role does not require DBS check.