Volunteer with us – Vision Foundation

Volunteer with us

Are you thinking of volunteering? The Vision Foundation is always grateful to anyone who wants to volunteer their time to help us change lives and save sight.

three shop volunteers pose wearing blue Vision Foundation t-shirts

From volunteer mentor to Marathon cheerleader, shop assistant to vintage treasure-seeker, there are loads of ways you can volunteer your time and skills with Vision Foundation.


You don’t need a lot of time to make a big difference. While some roles have a minimum time commitment, others are very flexible or even one-off opportunities.

Volunteering can help increase your skills and confidence. It’s a great way to improve your CV, encounter different experiences and meet new people. And we’ll be there to support you all the way.


Why volunteers are so important to Vision Foundation


Volunteers are at the heart of what we do, helping us reach more of the 200,000 blind and partially sighted people in London.

To change lives and save sight, we need to build a movement of generous people like you who want to make a difference by supporting us in our charity shops or elsewhere in the community. Join us.


We have a number of volunteering opportunities, including:

  • Working in our network of charity shops – 10 shops around Greater London
  • Organising community fundraising events
  • Supporting our head office through volunteer administration and research
  • Cheering squads at our runs and challenge events


Volunteer profiles



Find your local Vision Foundation charity shop here.

Retail Assistant (All locations) – role profile (download Word document)

Volunteer eBay Assistant (West Norwood, Hampton Hill) – role profile (download Word document)

Volunteer Depop Assistant – role profile (download Word document)

Warehouse Assistant (West Norwood, Hampton Hill)– role profile (download Word document)

Social Media Assistant (All locations) – role profile (download Word document)

Fashion and Homewares Photographer (Hampton Hill) – role profile (download Word document)

Merchandising Assistant (Hampton Hill, Portobello Road, Tulse Hill, Walworth Road, West Norwood) – role profile (download Word document)

Book Enthusiast (Hampton Hill, West Norwood) – role profile (download Word document)

Van Driver’s Assistant (Mobile – all locations) – role profile (download Word document)

Sustainability Champion (All locations) – role profile (download Word document)

E-commerce Book Enthusiast (West Norwood) – role profile (download Word document)

Mystery Shopper (All locations) – role profile (download Word document)


Fundraising and Events:

Community and Challenge Events Volunteer – role profile (download Word document)

Volunteer Events Photographer – role profile (download Word document)


How to apply

To apply for the Retail roles, please email Beth at BEvans@visionfoundation.org.uk and include the role in the subject.

To apply for the Fundraising and Events roles, please fill in this form and email it to hello@visionfoundation.org.uk

We would appreciate it if you could fill in this Equality and Diversity Monitoring form when applying for our volunteer roles. These answers are anonymous and will not affect your application.


Inclusion and accessibility

Vision Foundation is passionate about giving everyone equal opportunities to volunteer, and we welcome your application whoever you are and whatever your needs. We work hard to ensure our volunteer opportunities are accessible to and inclusive of disabled people and other minority groups.


Blind and partially sighted volunteers

Lots of blind and partially sighted volunteers support Vision Foundation and our delivery partners. We particularly welcome volunteers who have lived experience of sight loss.



No one should be out of pocket for volunteering, so we reimburse travel and lunch expenses for roles where this is relevant.


Contact us

If you are interested in volunteering with Vision Foundation, work with a community group who could support us or have any questions about our opportunities, please do drop us an email at hello@visionfoundation.org.uk or call us on 020 7620 2066.