Corporate Volunteering Opportunities
The work of Manx Blind Welfare Society relies very heavily on the support of the Isle of Man community, both in terms of donations and volunteering.
We have been fortunate to benefit from the assistance of several local companies over the years, with staff giving up their time to help our services as well as raising tremendous amounts of money through special events.
Corporate volunteering can be hugely beneficial to businesses and staff, perhaps for team-building, equipping people with new skills or simply establishing your company as part of the Isle of Man community.
We have a wide range of ways that your business could get involved in our services for the blind and visually impaired people of the Isle of Man. Here are just a few examples, but we’re always happy to chat through other ways we could work together.
Some companies like to give their staff certain days of the year to dedicate to support a local cause. At MBWS there are many opportunities available, suitable for a wide range of skills and abilities. No one will be asked to do anything they aren’t trained or comfortable doing, but at the end of each day they will not only have the personal satisfaction of knowing they have contributed, but may also have developed some new skills.
For example, we are always looking for help with transport for special outings and our Luncheon club, which is held at Corrin Court, Onchan, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have staff members who could assist with transport, or could travel on our minibus as an escort, it would be a great support.
The Luncheon Club is another opportunity to get involved. We always need help serving up the three-course meals, but any time your staff could give to simply sit and chat with our members during the meals would be hugely appreciated. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we also like to provide entertainment for our visitors, so if you have staff with musical talent, great stories to tell about their hobbies or achievements or the flair for compiling and great fun quiz, we’d like to hear from you.
Throughout the year, and especially during the summer months, we like to ensure our members can enjoy a simple pleasure most of us take for granted – going for a walk. Just a few hours of your staff’s time would allow us to accompany more members for a short walk, or even a longer stroll, as well as enjoying a bit of social interaction.
Just one day dedicated by your business could make a massive difference to the grounds of our centre, Corrin Court in Onchan. The grounds are a wonderful resource for our members, but they need maintenance and just one day of your staff’s time could make such a massive impact. It can be light gardening and general clearing work, or there are some bigger projects for anyone who feels up to it!
Manx Recorded News Service
Every week, Manx Blind Welfare Society delivers recorded Manx news and current affairs to blind and visually impaired people around the Island. A selection of news stories and articles is recorded at our studio in Corrin Court by midday each Friday, then the recordings are copied and dispatched.
It is one of most-used services, helping ensure people can keep up to date with local news and events.
It would be a huge support to our work if members of your staff could give up just a few hours to come in and while the centre is open - between 9am to 5pm each weekday – and read some stories for the recording.
This is a simple way of making a tangible difference to the lives of more than 100 people who rely on our recorded news service every week.
It is only thanks to the generosity of the Isle of Man community that Manx Blind Welfare Society can only continue to deliver services to the visually impaired of the Island. We rely on donations and bequests to do our work, so if you could think of us whenever you are arranging office fundraising activities, such as cake sales and dress down days, it would be massively appreciated.
The Isle of Man Fund for the Blind is a vital group of people which organises a rich variety of fundraising events to support the Society’s work, so if you’d like to join in one of their events, or have an idea of something that could be organised, please just get in touch.
A core part of our mission is to enable blind and visually impaired people to live their lives as independently as they choose. To achieve this, we work to enable the community to feel comfortable and confident in assisting visually impaired people in everyday life, whether that’s something as simple as crossing a road, filling in a form or packing up their shopping.
Manx Blind Welfare Society offers a range of free training programmes which we can deliver to your staff at your convenience. We can give talks and presentations to any number, on whatever subjects you feel are important for you and your staff. People who attend our training presentations go away with skills that help them in everyday life, but are also better prepared to ensure your business is more fully prepared to meet the needs of blind and visually impaired clients and customers.
If you’d like to learn more, call 674727 or email here