Social Group Leader – Wednesdays

Higher Blakeley, Manchester


2-3 hours once a month on a Wednesday at Higher Blakeley Community Centre.

We will reimburse reasonable expenses.

If you require an application form in an accessible format please email us with your requirement or send your CV with details of the post you are interested in volunteering and a brief statement on why you would like to volunteer with Henshaws to

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Volunteer Social Group Leader – Higher Blakeley Community Centre

Henshaws is a northern charity supporting people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to go beyond expectations.

We believe that, wherever they are, everyone has the right to an independent and fulfilling life. Our support, advice and training enables people and their families build skills, develop confidence, help each other and look forward to a more positive future.

This is a key position supporting groups of people with visual impairments and other disabilities.

The role includes:

  • To organise monthly group activities eg speakers, quizzes.
  • To arrange the provision of refreshments.
  • To co-ordinate a small team of volunteers.
  • To ensure the smooth running of the group, encouraging social interaction between group members with support from other volunteers.
  • Sight guide group members as required.
  • In consultation with a Henshaws member of staff, ensure that risk assessments have been carried out for any venues/group activities.
  • To arrange the collection and recording of all monies.
  • To ensure clients have completed group registration forms that include an emergency contact number.
  • To attend quarterly meetings at Henshaws.


2-3 hours  once a month on a Wednesday at Higher Blakeley Community Centre

Volunteer profile:

  • Organised
  • A flexible and positive approach.
  • Adaptability to the role’s requirements.
  • Personable when speaking with members of the public, staff, and other volunteers.
  • Ability to support a small team of volunteers.
  • Ability to manage a small budget.

Support you will receive from Henshaws, and your involvement in our organisation includes:

  • Regular contact with the manager responsible for the area with which you will volunteer.
  • You will gain valuable experience and understanding of the services Henshaws offers.
  • You will be part of the work of a highly regarded UK charity.
  • We will reimburse reasonable expenses.
  • Full training and supervision will be given as appropriate for the volunteering role.
  • Volunteers are invited to attend Henshaws events which include other areas of our work.
  • We ask all our volunteers to follow Henshaws policies and procedures.
  • We will need you to complete documentation relating to the role.

To apply for this role please complete our online application form or down load an application and email to

Henshaws Society for Blind People aims to employ a diverse workforce and is committed to equality of employment and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and volunteers, applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

Registered Charity No: 221888

Volunteer Application Form

  • Section A

    Please tell us when you are most likely to be available to volunteer:
  • Please tell us why you would like to volunteer at Henshaws

  • Referring to the volunteer specification for the role, please state how your skills, qualifications and experiences specifically match the criteria. Please give specific examples of any skills, abilities and achievements; these examples may be from employment, education or voluntary experience
  • Section B

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  • About You

  • (If through a Henshaws employee/volunteer please state their name)
    You will be required to produce original documents to prove your identification at the interview/assessment stage.
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  • I declare that the information given in this form is, to the best of my knowledge complete and correct; I also understand that any wilful mis-statement renders me liable to dismissal if engaged. I understand that an appointment if offered will be subjects to satisfactory references, health declaration and, where appropriate, DBS checks.