Regional ambassadors who are keen to promote the charity message, and to raise funds, are needed by Vision Care for Homeless People.
Now in its twelfth year, the charity has grown to provide clinics in Birmingham, London, Brighton and Manchester. Centres are envisaged in other locations when funds and volunteers are in place to support them, as chair of the charity, and optometrist, Elaine Styles explained –
“We are fortunate to receive tremendous support in terms of volunteers, donated specs, lenses and glazing, plus excellent diagnostic technology from a host of wonderful sponsors. However, we need to fund the running of the centres and this is a significant cost.”
VCHP is looking for people who would like to support the charity – perhaps not in a hands-on way, but by boosting regional awareness and driving fundraising.
“We are keen to hear from people – perhaps not from optics – who are keen to raise awareness in schools, clubs and in communities which might fundraise for us. We are very open minded for them to organise and promote events according to their own inclinations and skills. The experience of putting together charitable bids would also be a significant advantage,” added Elaine.
In addition, volunteer clinic managers who can support optical professionals to run clinics on a regular basis are sought –
“You will be organising appointments, recording patients’ details, helping them choose and fit spectacles and generally making everything run smoothly. You do not need to be in the optical industry – we will train you. The satisfaction you will feel after a half day clinic, having helped a homeless person feel safer, access learning or take an important step towards securing a job, cannot be beaten,” added the charity.
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