As a charity we could not operate without volunteers.  They are the lifeblood of our organisation.  They help with the compilation and production of our newsletter. Our events wouldn’t run as smoothly as they do without volunteers.  They prepare and assist with refreshments, assist blind/partially sighted members with playing bowls or kurling or drive members to our events.

We are always looking for volunteers, particularly at our events and social afternoons as well as volunteer drivers. If you have a few hours spare and would like to volunteer for Blind Life In Durham, please contact us for an informal discussion or complete a Volunteer Application Form.


Emma Gilfoyle

I lost my sight suddenly and felt lost and extremely lonely. For a few months I did nothing, but slowly I began to realise I had to get on with my life and I went off to Hereford Blind college.  Six months later I returned home and knew I needed to find things to occupy me and possibly make friends so I contacted Blind Life.

The first meeting I went to I was nervous and unsure if I had made the right decision, but felt I needed to give it a go.  I am glad to say I have been a member of Blind life for 3 years.

Blind Life has helped me make friends and try new things.  It has also provided people in the same position as me the chance to talk regarding everyday things I and they struggle with. It has given me confidence to try new things without being afraid.

Thank you Blind Life.

Julie Fox 
I've been a member for 4 years now and feel like I belong to a new family who support each other with whatever life throws at us. I've learnt to play New Age Kurling to a competitive level and I've just started rowing which is really exciting.

My life has never been so busy and full of laughter.

Mike Gandy

I joined Blind Life in Durham about ten years ago in order to support my wife who is blind.  I have found the monthly social meetings give me an opportunity to meet other carers who understand the nature of looking after someone who is visually impaired.  I value the support that I have received from the group.  


Maureen Gandy
I became a member of Blind Life in Durham ten years ago after my sight loss became worse.  Over the years I have received invaluable practical support from the group and also enjoyed the many social events that they organise. I particularly enjoy trips to the theatre and the annual Charity Night in October.