Forget your usual Lenten sacrifices, the National Council for the Blind of Ireland is asking people to give up their TIME instead!

The charity, which provides practical and emotional help to people at all stages of their sight loss journeys, says its dedicated band of volunteers get back more than they give by volunteering with the charity.


Given that the NCBI now heads up the second largest charity shop chain in the country with some 97 stores, people with time to spare could easily pass some hours away helping out in its nationwide network of busy retail outlets. 

If retail isn’t your thing why not try your hand at bag packing, bucket collections or stewarding at the many public fundraising events planned by the NCBI for the coming year.

For the first time ever the charity will undertake the hugely popular Camino De Santiago De Compostela this September.

CEO of NCBI, Chris White says “NCBI couldn’t do what it does without the generosity and dedication of our committed volunteers. Just think of the logistics of organising the many events that we do, in a bid to meet the needs of the people with sight loss, it would be very difficult without the help and support of our volunteers. They represent huge monetary savings to us as well as being examples of excellent community spirit and generosity. Luckily our volunteers love what they do for the NCBI and say they are the ones who benefit and studies do show that giving your time to charity endeavours does help stave off loneliness and isolation. It’s a win win situation for everybody”.

“Your time will be the best thing you ever give away!”.  

So there, what’s stopping you and who knows after the forty days of Lent you may decide to keep volunteering for the NCBI!  Who knew that Lent could be so enjoyable!

If you would like to volunteer please contact

For a full list of NCBI’s fundraising endeavours  go to