Volunteer and make a real difference

Your valuable time and skills could transform someone’s day. Like you, the people we support want to get the most out of life. 

They enjoy meeting people for a chat, going for coffee (or even a beer), sharing enjoyment of music or books, and getting involved with group activities such as arts and crafts, drama and keep fit. Volunteers lend a vital hand in all of those.

 

Your time volunteering could become a weekly highlight

The people we support love trying new things. With your skills and interests, the sky’s the limit! A few examples of how you could volunteer:

  • Driving — to take residents out in the house car on a variety of activities e.g. cycling/swimming
  • Church — to take one or two residents to church in Leatherhead
  • The pub — taking residents out for a drink or two
  • Beauty/pampering with some of the women we support
  • Cooking/baking - The Millennium Centre in Leatherhead is looking for two cookery volunteers - Tuesday's (2-4.30pm) and Thursday's (10am-12.30pm)
  • Gardening with residents

Lilly cooking with the support of a volunteer at The Millennium Centre

We will spend time with you, understanding how you would like to volunteer and showing you where you will be volunteering, so you know what will be involved. We'll also give you training and ongoing support. 

Volunteers support our services in Devon, East Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Somerset, and Surrey. Please let us know the area that suits you.

11,600 hours donated by volunteers in 2015

 

The Tandem Group

The Tandem Group based at SeeAbility’s Millennium Centre in Leatherhead meets every Friday afternoon to cycle in the local community.

The group is made up of two members of staff and 15 dedicated volunteers who support ten visually impaired people by piloting the tandem bikes, riding side-by-side, or by driving the mini-bus. Our visually impaired riders are behind the pilots and called stokers.

 

Ten years with SeeAbility

For 10 years, Jenny Delafond has been volunteering at the Millennium Centre in Leatherhead. She plays a big part in assisting the people we support during art sessions and working with the Wild Cat group on their drama productions. She arranges visits to her church, outings with the people we support and recently recorded some of our older resident's memories of SeeAbility with her husband - also a volunteer. Being a SeeAbility volunteer allows you to enjoy a variety of activities and share your passions with others.  

The main reasons that I have remained a volunteer at SeeAbility for ten years are that I enjoy working with the people who attend the sessions at the Millennium Centre. As well as this, I find the time I spend there very satisfying and rewarding. If I am unable to attend for any reason I always miss my involvement and look forward to returning. I have always found the staff friendly and helpful and appreciate the support and encouragement I have received from them over the years.

 

Find out more

If you have any questions or you simply want to know more about volunteering with SeeAbility, visit our Volunteer FAQs.

You can also read Ruth's story — she's been volunteering with SeeAbility for over 19 years!

If you'd like to get involved with SeeAbility and find out what volunteering opportunities are near you, simply email [email protected] or call us on 01372 755 000.