Macular Society Andover

ANDOVER-based national sight loss charity the Macular Society is looking for volunteers to help out with a variety of administrative tasks at its head offices in South Street.

The charity is appealing to anyone living locally who would be interested in helping its busy Supporter Care team for a few hours each week. The team needs assistance with preparing mail outs, monitoring stock levels, contacting members and other general office duties.

In addition, the Society’s Communications Team is also looking for anyone with any press and media experience to help out for up to five hours per week as it publicises the charity’s work in the fight to beat the macular disease. Duties may include things like keeping the team updated on any relevant media coverage around sight loss issues, updating its media contacts database, helping share stories with the media, as well as other administrative tasks.

Macular disease is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK. Nearly 1.5 million people are currently affected and many more are at risk. The disease can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, leaving them unable to drive, read or see faces. Many people affected describe losing their sight as being similar to bereavement. There is still no cure and most types of the disease are not treatable. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common form of macular disease, affecting more than 600,000 people, usually over the age of 50.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Supporter Care team, please contact Sue Hale, supporter care manager, on 01264 350 551, or email sue.hale@macularsociety.org

If you are interested in volunteering with the Communications Team, please contact Felicity Crump, PR and content manager, on 01264 321 987, or email felicity.crump@macularsociety.org

More information on both roles can also be found on the Macular Society website: www.macularsociety.org/vacancies

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