Volunteers' Week puts unsung heroes into the spotlight

Published on 6th June 2019 in Volunteering

June 1st to June 7th is international Volunteer's Week, where charities from around the World celebrate the hard work and dedication of an army of volunteers, and Vista is no different.

Rayhana Brydson, Vista's volunteer development manager, said 'We have a total of a whopping 286 registered volunteers who support us across a huge number of roles. They work in our head office, our charity shops, in our residential homes, and County hospitals. We would not be able to support the thousands of people we do without their hard work."

Vista has volunteers who have been working from only a few weeks through to those that have supported Vista for many years. David Wilcocks, Transcriptions Services Officer, knows first hand of the importance of our volunteers. "Our service is heavily reliant on volunteers. We have a team of more than a dozen people who give us hours of their time every week to make sure Newsline and Audio Newspapers go out on time. They select the stories, record them, and edit the podcast. They're the lifeblood of what we do."

 Susan Hoath, Vista Chief Executive, said “the dedication of our volunteers has made it possible for us to provide essential support and services to those affect by sight loss in Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland. Every single volunteer is part of a huge team, supporting our charity shops, sound services, social groups, and many other projects. We want to say thank you! Vista couldn’t do it without you.”

We have been speaking to just a handful of our volunteers, asking them why they volunteer with Vista and what they've gained from their time with us.

For more information about volunteering with Vista and the wide array of opportunities that are available, visit our volunteering page or email Rayhana at rayhana.brydson@vistablind.org.uk.

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