The Duke of Devonshire, KCVO, CBE, DL

"I'm delighted to witness an innovative business partnership between the charity and Flint Bishop Solicitors. Their work together creates a fantastic opportunity to promote legacy giving and ensure that blind and partially sighted people throughout Derbyshire receive the support and services they deserve."

CEO at Sight Support Derbyshire

Claire Winfield was appointed as the CEO at Sight Support Derbyshire in January 2013.  Claire joins us from the Royal Air Forces Association where she worked as the Director of Welfare.


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Sight Support Derbyshire Job Vacancies



‘Opening Doors’ Social & Leisure Project Worker


Temporary one-year post (possibility of ongoing work dependent on funding)

Derby based

15 hours (2 days) per week


(£19,490 pro-rata - £7,901 per annum)

Happy to consider a secondment from a suitable organisation.


Sight Support Derbyshire has recently been awarded one-year funding to develop and deliver a new service – ‘Opening Doors’. The service aims to relieve social isolation and improve the wellbeing of visually impaired people by providing a programme of activities enabling people to come together and access community facilities. We are now looking for a Project Worker with passion, drive and enthusiasm to help us take this exciting new work forward.

The new service will initially help people living in three key locations in Derbyshire (Derby City, Long Eaton and Matlock). The Project Worker will work with visually impaired people to develop a programme of social and leisure activities using local community venues such as cafes and organise visits to places of interest.

Part of the operational team based in Derby and reporting to the Service Manager, you will need to be a ‘self-starter’ and able to work on your own initiative to ensure that services run smoothly and deliver the required outcomes.

At a time of big changes in both voluntary and statutory services we need people who can be flexible, adapt to change and bring a positive attitude to their work.

It is essential that you are a real ‘people person’ and can show compassion and understanding alongside a common sense approach to your work. Whilst it is desirable that you have experience in working with visually impaired people, it is not essential, as full training will be provided.

You will need access to a vehicle for work purposes and be able and willing to travel around the county. (Expenses will be paid in line with our policy.)

We can offer you a challenging and rewarding environment, and a competitive salary. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

To find out more, send for a full job description and application pack please email:

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 4th September 2017

Interview date: Thursday 7th September 2017

Sight Support Derbyshire is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

Find out more about our work:
Twitter: @SightSupDerbys

Three Collection Box Volunteers

One to cover Willington, Melbourne Swadlincote

One to cover Bakewell, Buxton, High Peak

One to cover Chesterfield 

Sight Support Derbyshire (SSD) needs to raise funds to provide support for blind and visually impaired people around the county. 

What you will do and where: We need a volunteer to visit our visually impaired members when their home collection box is full. We also have plastic collection boxes placed in retail outlets such as newsagents, garages and pubs.

On sight of the SSD ID badge, collection boxes and home boxes need to be swapped with empty ones. You will return the full ones to us to be counted by volunteers in the office. The office will send a receipt to the supporter.

The south Derbyshire volunteer will be responsible for collecting boxes from towns and villages as far as Burton on Trent. In north Derbyshire, the volunteer will collect boxes from Bakewell, Buxton, and villages throughout the High Peak. The Chesterfield collector will cover the surrounding area, including Brimington and Clay Cross.

When:  Hours and time to suit you.

Skills Required:  Good communication and organisation skills.

Training and Support:  We will give you visual impairment training and training specific to the tasks you will undertake.  The Fundraising Manager will support you throughout with meetings to see how things are going.

Expenses:  We will reimburse your out of pocket expenses in line with our expenses policy. We ask that you apply a cost-effective approach when carrying out collections on our behalf.

Before you start:  You need to provide us with the names of two people who can provide a reference for you. 

This is an excellent opportunity to help enhance the quality of life for visually impaired people throughout Derbyshire.

For more information please contact Fundraising Office on 01332 292262 or email

Mobile Unit Volunteer Driver

Join us by investing your time in doing something that makes a world of difference to people with sight loss. The Mobile Unit serves as a vehicle to deliver information and demonstrate aids to visually impaired people, their friends and carers. As a volunteer you will be expected to drive the Mobile Unit to various locations around the county to provide information on all aspects of visual impairment, including benefits, leisure pursuits and local services, to name but a few. Although we attempt to visit a different part of the county every day you can give as much time as you want to suit you.

Our office is located at:  Suite 2.2 - 2.10, 2nd Floor, Litchurch Plaza, Litchurch Lane, Derby DE24 8AA. Our opening times are from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday.

What you will do:

You will assist the Mobile Unit Co-ordinator by visiting specific locations in the county, manning a stand and taking part in various events to provide information and advice to visually impaired people.

You will answer questions raised by people visiting the Mobile Unit in relation to Sight Support Derbyshire and demonstrate aids or equipment.

You will talk with people and make sure they are made welcome.

Skills you will need to have: A current driving licence is essential, good communication skills, able to demonstrate and explain use of equipment, have a good knowledge of Derbyshire, and have ability to work as a team.

Training and Support: We will give you visual impairment training and specific training of the tasks. You will only go out on your own after your training and assessment. A member of staff will give you support throughout your training and will meet with you on a regular basis to see how things are going.

Expenses: We will reimburse your out of pocket expenses in line with our expenses policy.

Before you start: You will need to provide us with the names of two people who can give us a character reference for you.

This is an excellent opportunity to help enhance the quality of life for visually impaired people throughout Derbyshire.

For further details on how you can volunteer please call 01332 292262 or email

Volunteering Opportunities

Sight Support Derbyshire is a user led charity that relies on the support of our volunteers.

To read more about Volunteering for Sight Support Derbyshire please click here

For further details on how you can volunteer please contact or call 01332 292262.

Sight Support Derbyshire are currently seeking volunteers in the following areas.

 1) Home Visiting 

With just a few hours a week you can make a real difference to the lives of local people who are blind and partially sighted.  Choose from home visiting for a chat, assisting with reading, shopping or going for walks

 What you will do and skills you will need to have:

  • Provide a befriending relationship to visually impaired people.
  • Support our members with tasks such as reading, guiding, shopping, and general socialising especially to those members who are isolated.
  • Good communication skills. Be able to complete a monthly report on the progress of the visit. The use of a car would be advantageous although not essential. 


2) Fundraising Opportunities in the Chesterfield Area


What you will do and where: This is a very varied role and includes street/supermarket collections, charity stalls at country fairs or village fetes and helping at events such as abseiling and firewalks .

  • When:  You can give as much time as you like with hours to suit you.        
  • Skills Required:  Good communication skills.
  • Training and Support:  We will give you visual impairment training and training specific to the tasks you will undertake.  A member of staff will support you throughout and will meet with you on a regular basis to see how things are going.



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