4 May 2023

Marking His Majesty The King’s Coronation

Our Clinical Adviser, Denise Voon MCOptom, tells us how we can take part in the nationwide volunteering initiative, The Big Help Out.

To pay tribute to His Majesty The King’s many years of public service and to mark the Coronation, the public is encouraged to give back to their community in a nationwide volunteering initiative, The Big Help Out which begins on Monday 8 May. 

If volunteering is something you have wanted to do, but you are concerned about the time commitment involved, we have found some sight loss volunteering ideas which could start you on your volunteering journey:

Sight loss volunteering ideas

  • Be My Eyes is an app which connects sighted volunteers with those with visual impairment via video call. Using the app, you can support people living with low vision and assist them through taking a video call and describing what you see. It may involve them asking something like if the milk has expired, or which button is which on the remote control, and will allow someone with low vision live a more independent life. The app is available on Android and iOS, you do not need to answer every call you get, so can volunteer when it suits you.
  • The RNIB Talk and Support team run free, phone based telephone befriending social groups facilitated by trained volunteers or RNIB staff. You could volunteer as a facilitator to help keep the group chat together and keep the conversation flowing. The groups usually last just under an hour and take place on the same day, at the same time, weekly. For more information, visit the RNIB website.
  • Raising awareness or volunteering your time is always important to charities. For example using your knowledge to provide talks to patients about certain eye diseases may be an excellent way to get involved.  Find sight loss charities local to you.

Find out more

Denise Voon MCOptom Prof Cert Med Ret

Clinical Adviser

Denise is one of our clinical advisers for three days each week. She is also a specialist optometrist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, an optometric adviser to the GOC and domiciliary optometrist. Particularly interested in medical retina, specifically age-related macular degeneration and producing resources to help support people effected by visual impairment to maintain their independence. Denise is one of our expert spokespeople.

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