Voluntary Internship


What’s it all about?

As a small national charity we work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults who are blind or partially sighted. This year, we have established a voluntary internship position that is shaped to develop work skills, experience and confidence within a structured, rewarding and challenging voluntary placement that can fit around other commitments. 

Founded in 1987, VICTA has grown from a local support group into a national charity and over that period has touched and improved the lives of thousands of people. Today, VICTA works hard to involve children and young people who are blind or partially sighted so they are able to make a difference to their own lives. If you would like to be a part of our team and make a difference, this opportunity is definitely for you.

We are looking for someone with fresh ideas. We get to work with new talent and harness creativity while gaining an insight into how we can deliver the best opportunities to some of the young people we serve. In return, you get to learn new skills, travel and kick start your career in the third sector. More importantly, we provide a positive work culture where learning and development is actively supported and promoted.

What does it involve?

As an intern, you will have a fantastic opportunity to step into the charity world and understand some of the challenges young people face living with a visual impairment within an organisation that values diversity,  innovation and a ‘can do’ attitude.

Working with an appointed line manager on our national and international activities programme, you will build your project management and team working skills. In addition, you will receive training and career advice to help provide you with direction, perspective and experience to take away with you on completion of your twelve month placement. 

What position is available?

This year, we are looking for a candidate with a passion for the outdoors and is happy to get dirty. As a charity that works to empower children and young people who are blind or partially sighted, we seek someone who is passionate about supporting people to live life to the full. You will be eager to learn how to organise and deliver bespoke events and activities and work with children and young adults. As someone who finds it easy to build relationships with others, we will help you organise your creative flair enabling you to provide the positive input required for this rewarding and challenging role.

Where, when and how much?

This voluntary internship is based at our office in Bletchley, Milton Keynes and is for twelve months. During that time you’ll need to be in the office from 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 5pm on a Friday. Given the nature of the work, there will be out of hours working including a fair number of weekends away from home including overseas. Time off in lieu is given for weekend working.

As a volunteer you will not be salaried but will receive a stipend of £500 per month to cover your travel and lunch expenses. While you will not have a contract of employment, you will have a volunteering agreement.

As a volunteer with VICTA, you will be given access to appropriate training and development.

Can I apply?

We like to make sure we get the best possible talent, so there are a few requirements for applying.

  • You must be a graduate with at least a 2:2 degree (or equivalent)
  • You must hold at least a grade C or equivalent in Maths and English at GCSE 
  • You must have the right to work in the UK without restriction for the duration of the programme
  • You must be available interview in the first two weeks of September 2017

Please send a CV and covering letter to Tracie Tappenden at admin@victa.org.uk. If you would like further information on the job role prior to applying please call the VICTA office on 01908 240 831.

Closing Date: 11 September 2017


Why not volunteer for VICTA?

If you are interested in volunteering on VICTA activities you can register your interest online.

Find out more about volunteering for VICTA