Behind the scenes here in the Volunteering Team at Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT), we’re busy shaping future opportunities.

From revised policies to brand-new training – we’re rethinking, redesigning, and rewriting what it is to volunteer, all with the aim of creating a volunteer experience with real impact.

Here we think back to some of the recent volunteer activities which have helped inspire our plans.

During Volunteers’ Week 2019, we opened up our London offices to Herbert Morrison Primary School and the National Literacy Trust. Teachers, children and parents all experienced an amazing lesson in visual awareness and assistive technology.

Image shows one of the children from Otters Class listening to a description from Seeing AI on a phone.

One of the children from Herbert Morrison Primary School listening to an audio description from Seeing AI on a phone.

 

Image shows one of the children from Otters Class trying out using a white cane.

One of the children from Herbert Morrison Primary School trying out a white cane.

 

Image shows one of the students from Otters class trying on a pair of simulation specs.

One of the children from Herbert Morrison Primary School trying on pair of simulation specs.

 

The organiser, Kirsty Palmer, Volunteering Development Manager, said:

“The pupils and parents were excellent – asking so many brilliant questions about sight loss and how we help people. To have the community involved in our work is so important, and really showcases just what volunteering can do for everyone involved.”

In other parts of TPT, volunteers supported the well-received pan-disability jobs fair in Birmingham. Organised by the Sight Loss Councils, the busy event offered up job opportunities and helped employers add to their understanding of accessibility.

Image shows delegates chatting at the Pan-Disability Jobs Fair.

Delegates chatting at the Pan-Disability Jobs Fair.

 

Image shows delegates chatting at the Pan-Disability Job Fair. One person is writing notes.

More delegates at the Pan-Disability Jobs Fair.

 

Elsewhere, volunteers got active in inclusive sports. We joined forces with Metro Blind Sport and Barnett Waddington to get a taste of ‘futsal’ in East London. Futsal – a flavour of five-a-side football – was true to form, impressing fans with its creativity and ball skills.

To close Volunteers’ Week, our offices came together to record a heart-felt thank you. There were messages of support and appreciation, as members of staff explained what volunteering meant to their teams. The short film was a celebration of the past twelve months, and a signal of our aspirations for an important year ahead. You can watch the film below.

When we’re ready, the Volunteering Team will be sharing more exciting news. We’re preparing lots of new ways to participate and support people with sight loss. In the meantime, if you’d like to comment or ask a question, we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch with us at volunteering@pocklington-trust.org.uk.