Social Group Facilitator

Sight Support West of England
Closing Date: 
Thursday, 14 December, 2023 - 09:00
Contract Type: 
Part Time
Approximately 2-3 hours a month
Details of Role: 

We are looking for friendly, outgoing individuals to support our social groups across the region, whether this be supporting existing groups or helping to set up new ones. These groups are a place where blind and partially sighted people can enjoy each other’s company, share experiences and information, try out new activities/sports and provide encouragement to each other.

Locations: We are currently urgently seeking Social Group Facilitators in the following areas:

Bedminster - Frist Friday of each month from 10am to 1pm

Henleaze - First Monday of each month from 11am to 1pm

Keynsham - Third Friday of each month from 2pm to 4pm

Kingswood - First Thursday of each month from 10am to 12pm

Whitchurch - Second Monday of each month from 2pm to 4pm   

What you will be doing?

Ensuring the space is safe and ready before the group arrives

Greeting members as they arrive and introducing new members to the group 

In self-catering venues, making tea and coffee for the members

In a cafe setting, ensuring all members have tea and coffee and working with the cafe staff to ensure the group is supported

Facilitating conversation amongst the group and referring on to a Sight Loss Advisor where a member requires advice or support in relation to their sight loss

Feeding back any issues, comments, suggestions or incidents that have occurred during the session

Where possible, promoting the group within your local area

What skills and experience are needed?

Good communication skills

Friendly and approachable

Punctual and reliable

Able to work with a diverse range of people

An understanding of issues affecting blind and partially sighted people

What will you gain from the role?

The knowledge that you are making a positive difference to the lives of people living with sight loss

Experience of working with a variety of people

A greater understanding of sight loss

Useful facilitation skills

What support will be given?


Understanding Sight Loss Training


Supervision and support from the Volunteer Coordinator

Additional training as appropriate

When will you be needed?

Times and dates vary depending on location. See above for details

How often will you be needed?

Usually once a month for 2-3 hours


Two references required. These can be from anyone you have known, other than a family member, for over two years

Disclosure and Barring Service Information

This role requires a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check

How to Apply: 

Please contact Becs Thurgur, Volunteer Coordinator, for further information, or complete this online application form:


Contact Person: 
Becs Thurgur
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
07849 833 047