Advert for volunteer Newsletter Editor

Croydon Vision (the working name of Croydon Voluntary Association for the Blind Ltd) issues a monthly Newsletter which is distributed in print to some 400 members. An audio version is recorded for our Talking Magazine.

We are seeking a volunteer editor to compile and produce the master copy of the Newsletter each month. The main duties are selecting content, encouraging contributions from members, staff and volunteers, copy-editing, formatting and proof-reading the text. Copying and distribution are undertaken by a team, with strict adherence to the delivery schedule. We estimate the editor’s work would take about one day per month. It could be done mostly at home if the successful candidate has a suitable computer. We regret no remuneration or equipment can be offered.

A good style of writing, accuracy and close attention to detail are essential for this post, as are competence in using Microsoft Word, familiarity with desktop publishing, and proven ability to meet deadlines. Experience and empathy with the interests and accessibility needs of visually impaired people are highly desirable.

As Croydon Vision supports vulnerable people of all ages, a Disclosure and Barring certificate and references will be required from the successful candidate. There may be opportunities for involvement with the charity’s other services and activities if desired.

To apply for the post, email and request an application form. Applications must be received by 30 September 2017.

For further details, a sample Newsletter or a paper / large print application form, please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator using the above email address, or telephone 020 8688 2486.


Lauren’s Story

‘I have learned so much since coming to Croydon Vision. It’s so much better than in my early days.

I now live on my own, confidently. My mum says Croydon Vision is a God-send.’ – Lauren

Andrew on the counselling we provide

I was shocked when I lost most of my sight overnight. I was angry, took it out on my family, and must have been a nightmare to live with. Eventually I was persuaded to go for counselling at Croydon Vision and bit by bit I got my head right. It took a long time, but I am now reconciled, at peace in the home, and finding new ways to do the things I used to do. It’s like a black cloud has been lifted.


Claire - Awareness Group

Claire on the Social Groups

‘I’ve been coming for 25 years since I first started losing my sight, it is absolutely marvellous. I have found love and companionship and have enjoyed doing things I never would have imagined. I now lead one of our social groups. There really is life after blindness.

I am now completely blind but at least now I save on the electric!’



Makham on the Lunch Club

I’ve been coming for eight years to the music and other groups. I get to meet all sorts of different people from different cultures. It’s good to chat at the Lunch Club where they understand my dietary needs.