Volunteer

Help us to make a difference for people with a visual impairment, hearing impairment &/or other disabilities across Yorkshire

Volunteer

The Wilberforce Trust is your local charity supporting people with sight and hearing impairments, including those with other disabilities.  We have a wide range of services, from housing, support assessments, and support with daily living to rehabilitation services, technology and equipment assistance, and activity and educational groups.  These services and activities create opportunities that enable individuals to live fulfilled lives as independently in their community as possible.

There are a variety of ways in which you can volunteer your time, skills, and knowledge to support the work of the Trust; from befriending and providing transport for tenants, to supporting fundraising events, supporting our programme of activities, and marketing and community engagement activities.  We are also always interested if you have ideas for volunteering activities which you would like to contribute which we have not thought of; we will accommodate these ideas where we can!

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What special qualities do I need to be a volunteer?

  • An interest in supporting visually impaired individuals who may have other disabilities
  • Some spare time
  • An open and friendly nature
  • Patience
  • Adaptability
  • Good communication skills
  • A sense of humour
  • Some roles will require a DBS check (which the Trust will apply for)

How much time will I need to give?

We always aim to be as flexible as possible to meet the needs of our volunteers – there may be some roles which require availability on certain dates and times, but all we ask is that you communicate with staff if you are unable to make a scheduled volunteering appointment at your earliest opportunity.

What will I get out of it?

Volunteering for the Wilberforce Trust gives; a chance to meet new people; to develop new skills; gain experience and knowledge; to be respected and valued for your involvement; the satisfaction of helping others; and valuable use of your spare time.  You will also gain insight into the third sector and a small local charity, the opportunity to develop your skills and receive training and ongoing support from staff.  We like to thank and recognize our volunteers in a number of ways throughout the year as well.

We also encourage volunteers to suggest fundraising and event ideas.  If you have specific interests and ideas which we can support and to get involved with the planning and running of events if that is something you are interested in.  We will provide references.  

What our volunteers say

Adam:

“There is no more satisfying feeling than knowing that the things that make you who you are can have such positive effects on the lives of others”

Stuart:

“My reasons for volunteering, when I can, are varied.  The Outreach Van has a wonderful team, and I see my role as just an ‘enabler’ to support them to be able to do what they do.  Working with our tenants keeps me grounded, and reminds me how lucky I am to be afforded the abilities and opportunities that are unavailable to others.  Volunteering goes a small way to redressing that balance, it also allows one to connect with people who have a very different and enlightening outlook on life.  To continue volunteering enables me to continue a journey with some fascinating and wonderful people”

David:

“My wife, Pam, joined me on most of these and gets as much satisfaction as I from the experience, especially from seeing how much enjoyment the visually and hearing impaired get from events in which they have an active part.  Vital ingredients in volunteering are feeling you are making a difference and are valued.  Without these volunteering becomes a chore.  Pam and I are fortunate in that we receive both from Wilberforce”

Molly:

“Last year I sought a volunteering role to help with my forthcoming application for medical school. I was recommended the Wilberforce Trust and thought this organisation was a perfect fit for my future aspirations, and I hope to learn new skills and to build on skills I already have. I was put in touch with Stephen whom I visit every Sunday as a ‘befriender.’  Stephen enjoys baking so we have done this together most weeks.  I know Stephen and I both look forward to my visits each week.  We laugh a lot and generally have an enjoyable time.  I have learned how to work in a partnership and guide someone with disabilities to help them do tasks that they may have thought were beyond their capabilities”

Read more about what our volunteers have to say in these case studies.  

Now is the time to get involved and help us to make a difference to the children and adults living with a sensory impairment across Yorkshire.  To join our growing group of volunteers, please complete our Enquiry form.  

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