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Our social clubs and sporting activities across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes are all delivered by our fantastic volunteers. There are a number of roles in which you can get involved:
Volunteer Drivers will collect a visually impaired person from their home and driving them to and from a BucksVision social club, bowls club or some other BucksVision activity. As this can be a regular activity, the partnership often develops into one of great friendship.
Social or Activity Support
There are nine BucksVision Divisions across Buckinghamshire. Each Division has a volunteer run social club and/or activity group. Support is always required to help run these services, perhaps for a friendly chat, to support the groups chosen activities or to help with refreshments.
Each Division has, at a minimum, three defined roles to include a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. The Chair will organise meetings, acts as the main link with Head Office, attends Head Office meetings to represent division customers, and speaks on behalf of the division. The Treasurer will keep accounts and ensure BucksVision’s finance requirements are met and act as the main point of contact for finance matters. The Secretary will organise the programme of activities, deal with any correspondence, and take notes at meetings and AGM.
As a Bowls Club volunteer you will be trained how to assist people with sight loss to play bowls. Our Bowls Clubs are run by both sighted volunteers and visually impaired customers of BucksVision and they all have an enormous amount of fun. They play indoors during winter months and outdoors in the summer, so it is an all year round activity. Our volunteers learn how to play bowls too, so they enjoy their role even more. Our Bowls Club volunteers are often drivers as well so that they can assist the customers to travel to and from the venues.
Tandem Pilots support our visually impaired members enjoy a tandem experience. Reliability, trustworthiness and very clear communication skills are vital for a successful tandem partnership. The tandem cycles are provided and although previous tandem experience is an advantage, training can be given. This role is currently based in Milton Keynes.
Walking Group Guides
Walking Group sighted guides assist our visually impaired customers to enjoy the open air and access the pleasures of walking. Volunteers will be given full training in sighted guiding techniques. We currently have three active Walking Groups, two in Milton Keynes and one in Aylesbury.
New 2018- Goalball
Goalball was originally developed in 1946, as a rehabilitation program for visually impaired World War II veterans. Goalball players are required to be blindfolded, played by two teams of three, using a ball with bells inside. The object of the game is to throw the ball into the opposing team's net, while defenders attempt to block it with their bodies. As a Goalball Volunteer there are various roles you can get involved with, for example, referee, goal judge and coach. No previous experience is necessary as you will be invited to attend a highly practical one day course delivered by an approved Goalball UK tutor.