Kingston Upon Thames Association for the Blind

Volunteering

We always have opportunities for new volunteers.

Summary of Volunteering Opportunities

Eye Buddy Volunteers are needed to visit, befriend and assist blind and partially sighted people. A lot of our clients are elderly and when sight loss is added to poor mobility they can become unable to leave the house. This sometimes can result in isolation, loneliness and depression. Volunteers help in a number of ways reading, taking clients out for walks locally or simply for a chat over a cup of tea.

Our volunteers range in age from 18 to 80+ and include people working full time. The minimum commitment is an hour a week (sometimes a fortnight). Training and on-going support are provided and travel and parking expenses paid.

Eye Contact

This is a self-help group for people with a visual impairment. The group needs an additional sighted person to provide on-going admin help to the group including the organisation of trips, surveys etc. Volunteers are also needed to assist members when they go on day trips.

Malden and Coombe Blind Club

Meets every fortnight on a Wednesday. It desperately needs drivers to collect clients and take them to Christ Church Hall, Coombe Road, New Malden and take them home again. Helpers are also needed at the meetings and on club outings.

Surbiton Blind Club

Meets every fortnight on a Tuesday at Surbiton Methodist Church, Ewell Road. It also needs drivers and helpers at the club and on outings.

Social Eyes

Meets every alternate Tuesday at St James Church Hall, Bodley Road New Malden. The club offers various activities including craft, gentle exercise and quizzes. It also needs drivers and helpers at the club and on outings.

Tandem Scheme

Experienced cyclists are needed to be front riders on tandems provided by KAB. This enables visually impaired people to enjoy the pleasure of cycling. Cyclists do not need experience of riding tandems as training will be provided - but experienced tandem cyclists are also very welcome. Volunteers are also needed to undertake simple maintenance, mending punctures etc.

Lawn Bowls

Meets fortnightly on Tuesdays May through to September (Outdoor) and Thursdays October to April (Indoors). Volunteers are required for both indoor and outdoor, weather you are an experienced bowler or not your help would be invaluable.

Ten Pin Bowling

Ten Pin takes place every Monday morning excluding Bank Holidays. Volunteers are required to assist with helping and handling the correct bowls, guiding players to the lane etc.


KAB frequently receives requests for one off assistance or for a volunteer to accompany someone with a visual impairment somewhere specific such as an exhibition. So even if you can only volunteer occasionally please contact us.