North East Sensory Services

6 September 2016

Volunteers needed to help blind and deaf charity

A North-east charity is seeking volunteer drivers to help support its life-enhancing services.

North East Sensory Services (NESS) which has offices in Aberdeen, Elgin and Dundee, supports people who are blind or deaf, and the charity holds regular activities for service users at its John Street base in Aberdeen city centre.

NESS, which has been supporting visually impaired people in Aberdeen since 1879, holds a wide range of activities from discussion groups to smartphone classes. The regular activities enable elderly people who have difficulty seeing or hearing to take part in social events, make friends and feel more engaged in their community. Many NESS service users are socially isolated due to difficulty getting about and a fear of using public transport. The activities at NESS are often the only opportunity for many to get out of the house and meet people.

However, due to increasing demand, the charity is in urgent need of volunteers who are willing to help NESS service users get to the activities. Volunteers can give anything from two to twenty hours, and full training and expenses are provided.  

Graham Senff, who has been volunteering as a driver for NESS for over a year commented: “I find it so rewarding when I see the enjoyment of the service users when they are picked up and dropped of at their door.”

Debbie Robertson, activities and volunteer coordinator for NESS added: “The activities we provide are very popular and due to growing demand we need to increase our network of drivers. We are looking for anyone with a little bit of spare time through the weekdays. We can guarantee a very rewarding role, with lots of fun and real job satisfaction.”

To find out more information, potential volunteers should contact Debbie Robertson or Sheila Ogden on 0345 2712345.