VOLUNTEERS are important to help people with sight loss maintain their independence and have active lives.

We were lucky enough to have a group of volunteers from Deloitte, an accountancy and consultancy firm, partner with Thomas Pocklington Trust to hold a Volunteering Day recently.

TPT volunteer coordinator Kirsty Palmer said ten volunteers from Deloitte undertook a two-hour information and training session to learn how to support people with sight loss appropriately and safely.

She said the interactive session included vision awareness, guide training, safeguarding and professional boundaries training.

The volunteers then put the skills they had learnt into practice by supporting TPT service users on a walk in Richmond Park and to a cafe that same day.

Kirsty said volunteers from Deloitte were keen to support a health related activity and the service users, some of whom had never attended a TPT activity before, enjoyed the outing.

She said volunteering days offered the opportunity for people to learn about the issues and barriers faced by people with sight loss.

“Some people have never met or worked alongside people with sight loss before and volunteering days offer a great chance to meet new people and try new experiences,” Kirsty said.

“Volunteering days are mutually beneficial as the people who use our services are also able to meet and learn from people they have never met and take part in an activity.”

Kirsty said feedback from Deloitte was positive and that all involved had benefitted from the volunteering day.