Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2021

Volunteers’ Week is here and offers an excellent time to say thank you and celebrate the incredible difference volunteers make to our work.  It’s a great chance to say thanks for the time passion and commitment volunteers bring and for our volunteers to share inspirational stories of what they have achieved through their volunteering roles.

Join us as we come together with our Sight Loss Councils, Metro and London Vision to learn what volunteering has enabled our volunteers to do.


Charles Colquhoun CEO of TPT said:

“Our volunteers enable blind and partially sighted people to live the life they want to lead.  I personally want to acknowledge the positive impact volunteers have achieved and say a heartfelt thank you to you all.

We simply could not accomplish such positive outcomes or reach as many people without you.  Many of our volunteers are blind or partially sighted and throughout this week of celebration, I am looking forward to learning more about what volunteering has enabled you to do.”


Listen back to our Blind Spot podcast as Ada, Krupali and Rainbow share their incredible stories of volunteering.  You can check out the podcast and read more about what volunteering has enabled these 3 students to do.

Listen to the podcast here


We shine a spotlight on corporate support as we say thank you to National Grid for the time they gave to mentor our staff.  You can find more about what mentoring has enabled our staff to do by reading this great story of collaboration.

Read the story here


We have asked volunteers from across the charity to finish the sentence:

“volunteering has enabled me to…”


“Volunteering has enabled me to help Sight Loss Council volunteers become more confident about how to handle the media and given me the opportunity to appreciate the challenges and possible solutions in their lives.”

Jaldeep Katwala, Journalist

“Volunteering has enabled me to broaden my horizons, meet a wonderful bunch of people, and make a positive difference in people’s lives..”

Nathan Churchill, Higher Aspect Media


“Volunteering has enabled me to …. Meet some truly remarkable people, give something of myself to others and reset my perspective on my life values.”

Andy Bear, Lockton

Volunteering has enabled me to gain more confidence in talking and writing to people

Young Voices Volunteer

“Volunteering has enabled me to…be more confident.”

Elliott, Young Voice Volunteer


Birmingham Sight Loss Council volunteer Paul Hopkins shares how volunteering has enabled him to give back to his community and how this has enriched his life.

Birmingham Sight Loss Council volunteer Ahmed shares how volunteering has benefited him.

If you are inspired by these stories and want to get involved, you can find out more by visiting our Sight Loss Council website.

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