Blind Life in Durham

Blind Life in Durham is a social charity. We are a friendly pro-active group of blind and partially sighted people that meet regularly at events where we have chats and plenty of laughs. We provide monthly talks on a range of subjects, social events; days out together; New Age Kurling; and New Age Bowls. Blind Life in Durham also enters New Age Kurling Competitions with any members wishing to take part.

Blind Life in Durham
Recognition of Quality Volunteer Experience

Active opportunities

Volunteer Driver

Bishop Auckland   Spennymoor   Consett   Crook/Willington   Chester le Street   Newton Aycliffe  
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Assistance and Refreshments Volunteer

Spennymoor   Durham City  
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Volunteer Recording Assistant

Spennymoor   Crook/Willington   Durham City  
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Volunteer Article Writer

Spennymoor   Crook/Willington   Durham City  
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