Activity Volunteer (Forward Vision)

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Royal Blind
50 Gillespie Crescent
Edinburgh, EH10 4JB

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Location: Edinburgh and Lothians

Support and supervision from: Senior Residential Care Worker

Time Commitment (Hours): Weekdays/evenings on a weekly basis

Contact Phone: 0131 446 3154

Closing Date: 01/04/2020

Job Summary

Forward Vision is our residential centre for young adults who have visual impairments and a range of additional needs including physical disabilities and both cognitive and communication impairments. Working alongside trained and qualified staff, you will improve our young adults' quality of life by helping them take part in a range of rewarding activities such as reading, art, music and meditation.

In this role you will get to know the different personalities, interests and skills of our young people. You will build close ongoing relationships with them, and become an important and trusted person in their lives. For this reason, this role would suit someone who is considering a longer term volunteering commitment of a year or more.

What team will you be supporting and what do they do?

Our adult services provide 24-hour care and support for young adults who have vision impairment and additional needs including cognitive and communication impairments. We have two residential services in Edinburgh - Forward Vision and Allermuir.

Volunteers should meet the following criteria 


  • A warm and caring personality, with patience, a sense of fun and a sense of humour
  • Able to engage with young people both proactively and responsively across a range of activities
  • A commitment to demonstrating Royal Blind values of being approachable, forward thinking, professional, positive, empowering and sector leading.


  • Experience of working with people with complex disabilities, young adults, and/or people with visual impairments
  • Experience of working within a residential care setting
  • Skills in relevant activities, e.g. art, music, storytelling, reading aloud, meditation etc.

Support for volunteers

  • Structured induction and training 

  • Ongoing support and supervision from Volunteer Development Manager 

  • Ongoing support and supervision from your volunteer supervisor 

  • Access to further training 

  • Travel expenses 

What does Royal Blind do?

Royal Blind is Scotland's largest vision impairment organisation. We create life changing opportunities for vision impaired children and adults from across Scotland and the rest of the UK.