Community Support Worker (ROVI)

Blind Veterans UK believes that no one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone. We’re one transformational team. We provide rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support. Together we can help rebuild lives after sight loss.

£28,704 - £30,300 per annum
Contract Type
Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria, Scotland, North Wales
Closing Date
Closing date is midday on 11 January 2019

Home based with regional reach across the North West

£28,704 - £30,300 per annum, 35 hours per week


Are you a Community Support Worker (Rehabilitation Officer for the Vision Impaired - ROVI) looking for the chance to make a significant contribution to the quality of life for vision impaired veterans? At Blind Veterans UK, we believe that no one who has served our Country should have to battle blindness alone.  It is our mission to ensure that vision impaired ex-service men and women have access to the finest quality of services to help them discover life beyond sight loss. 

Our Community Support Workers (ROVIs) work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, largely home based with regular face to face and telephone contact with Operational and Volunteer teams across the region. There will be weekly visits to Blind Veterans UK’s training centres/regional offices as well as to member’s homes across the Region.


In the Community Support Worker (ROVI) role you will:


  • Provide comprehensive, needs-led assessments and devise and implement training interventions in the core areas of orientation and mobility, independent living skills, low vision and communications in order to maintain and develop members’ independence and quality of life
  • Provide training to small groups of members, staff and volunteers, including awareness and sighted guide sessions, in a variety of settings
  • Initiate new ways of working in the community in response to identified areas of need
  • Establish and maintain networks of contacts with organisations and groups in local communities to help members access a wide range of training, support and social networks
  • Be required to undertake a considerable amount of travel and overnight stays are required. As a consequence, there will be times when there may be a need to work outside a standard working week
  • Need to expend occasional physical effort when moving equipment such as electronic magnifiers (CCTVs) around during home visits


 The ideal Community Support Worker (ROVI) for this role will:


  • Hold a Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) in Rehabilitation Studies (VI), or equivalent ROVI qualification,
  • Have experience working with people with a vision impairment including undertaking ROVI assessments and training
  • Have experience developing and delivering services to vision impaired people in the local community
  • Be enthusiastic, approachable and solution focussed
  • Have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office as well as excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Be able to travel to any part of the region (including Scotland and Northern Ireland) some of which may be inaccessible by public transport 


Benefits include free life assurance, sickness benefit scheme, childcare voucher scheme and Employee Assistance Programme, a generous pension scheme and potentially access to a company car dependant on geographical area.


This position will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check



Closing date:                                    Friday 11 January 2019

Telephone Interviews:                    w/c 14 January 2019

Recruitment & Selection Day:         24 January 2019 at our Llandudno Centre

If you think you have what it takes to be part of a developing and growing charity that values its beneficiaries, staff and volunteers, please look at the full Job Description and complete an Application Form and Personal Details Form, which can be downloaded below, and send them to Please note only completed application forms will be accepted for consideration, not CVs.

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Application Form

Personal Details Form - DBS

CSW ROVI job description.doc