Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Macular Society, helping to reach out to thousands of people. Many of our volunteers are visually impaired themselves and they tell us how volunteering has turned something that could have been very negative, into something positive. With roles to suit everyone, get in touch and see how you can meet new people and make a real difference to their lives.

Our volunteers across the UK join the Society for a variety of reasons. Some want to make a difference to the lives of people affected by sight loss, while others want to develop new skills or meet new people and have fun.

We hope that all our volunteers feel supported. We also like to show our appreciation through a Recognition of Achievement scheme. 

Volunteer roles

Peer support group volunteers

Group volunteers range from group leaders to group treasurers or secretaries. They are fundamental to the running of the Society's 400 plus groups across the UK and beyond.

Telephone befrienders

Befrienders offer a friendly, listening ear to people affected by macular disease, maintaining regular contact over the phone to help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Connect by Tech volunteers

Connect by Tech volunteers provide one-to-one telephone or online support to help people set up and explore everyday technology to build better connections with the world.

Employment mentors

Employment mentors provide employment advice and support to individuals living with macular degeneration.

Research lay panel volunteers

Research volunteers provide valuable input to shape the research we fund to ensure that patients are at the heart of our research and that it is making a difference to people living with macular disease.

Interested in volunteering with the Macular Society?

Visit our Volunteer roles webpage to find out more about what's involved.