Sight Loss Councils (SLC) cover several regions across England, campaigning on matters that impact blind and partially sighted people in their local area as well as nationally.

This October they will all meet for the first time to attend a range of workshops on topics chosen and designed by the volunteers. The volunteers will also be attending the inaugural Rodney Powell Awards in which volunteers will be recognised for their outstanding achievements, as a team, an individual or their contribution to volunteering.

Sight Loss Council Volunteers need your help!
The conference will take place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October at Conference Aston Birmingham.
The SLC volunteers give up a great deal of their time to campaign on improving services for blind and partially sighted people, can you give up some of your time to support these volunteers to attend the conference?

Roles Available:
Sighted Guide Volunteers: To guide blind or partially sighted delegates around the venue, e.g., to workshops, meals, and the awards.

How you will make a difference:
The conference aims to improve the knowledge of the volunteer and is a great development opportunity for the volunteers. The event also provides them with networking opportunities which they have sadly missed out on over the last 18 months due to the pandemic. Around 80 volunteers are expected to attend. You will be an exciting part of this as well helping to ensure the smooth running of the conference from start to finish. Many of our volunteers have never met each other before, so this will be a special event in which you will play a part bringing people together who have been socially isolated for so long!

Skills, experience, and qualities needed:
• Confident communicator
• Great people person
• Friendly and approachable
• Reliable with excellent time management skills
• Have a good level of mobility to be able to guide another person
• Sighted guide training will be provided
• Willingness to be around assistance dogs

How you will benefit:
• Opportunity to network with others.
• Opportunity to observe and learn through the workshops.
• A chance to understand more about disability.

Level of commitment:
You must be available to attend the following days:
Training – see below.

Conference: The conference will take place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October at Conference Aston Birmingham. There is an awards dinner, so we will be looking for volunteers to volunteer for various parts of the weekend. For example, Saturday day, Saturday evening, Sunday Morning, or any combination of.

Learning requirements:
• Sighted guiding
• Involvement/Boundaries
• Safeguarding
• Attend briefing before the conference.

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