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



Rehabilitation Officer for Visually Impaired People (Qualified)

Derbyshire (based at our Chesterfield office)

3 days, 22.5 hours per week

£16,419 (£27,000 FTE 37 hours per week)


Sight Support Derbyshire is looking to recruit a well organised Rehabilitation Officer to be part of a dedicated team supporting the delivery of high quality services to blind and partially sighted people in Derbyshire.

Reporting to the Senior Rehabilitation Worker, you will need to be a ‘self-starter’ and able to work on your own initiative to ensure that the service runs smoothly and delivers the required outcomes. You will be allocated your own case load and will perform assessments of need and provide rehabilitation programmes for mobility, communication and independent living skills for visually impaired people throughout Derbyshire. The post will be based at our Chesterfield Office with a key focus on delivering services in the north of the county.

It is essential for this post that you are a qualified rehabilitation worker, holding one of the professional based qualifications available through national training establishments. (We will consider part time applicants who are currently studying for the qualification.) Extensive travel is an essential part of this role and as many areas in the county are hard to reach by public transport, access to a vehicle for work purposes will be needed.

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

For an informal discussion call Carmen Palmer, Senior Rehab or Claire Winfield, CEO on 01332 292262

For an application pack, including full job description, please email

Last date to request application pack: Mon 6th November 2017

Closing date for applications: 9am Thurs 9th November 2017

Interview date: Tues 14th or Thurs 16th November 2017

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

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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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