New opportunities at Beacon

‘I want a job, but I’m scared’

‘I’ve got no qualifications so who would take me on?’

‘I want to learn skills, but I don’t think I’m clever enough.’

At the Beacon Centre, we support people to learn new skills or find work no matter what’s holding them back.

If you think you could help make a difference in someone’s life why not come and join us?

Our Learning Team is going from strength to strength, we’ve helped 47 people find work or start education or training in the past six months and delivered more than 700 IT sessions to people who were digitally excluded during the pandemic.

After securing additional funding we’re looking to recruit several roles in our team helping to support people in Wolverhampton, the wider Black Country and Staffordshire living with sight loss or other disabilities or barriers which stop them from making the most of life.

We’re flexible, can offer hybrid working and e-learning opportunities and as well as the satisfaction of knowing you are changing people’s lives, we’ve got some great job perks including Simply Health membership, a pension and life assurance scheme and competitive pay and holiday allowance.

While much of our work is on a fixed-term basis, we’ve been running successful employment programmes since 2010 and our commitment to you is that we offer roles that allow you to grow and develop in your career. You’ll also be joining the Black Country Chamber of Commerce’s Large Business of the Year. 

 We currently have the following opportunities:

  • Employment Officer roles across South and East Staffordshire and Wolverhampton.
  • Learning Manager role based at our Sedgley site, full time with a mix of home and office-based working.
  • Digital Training roles in South and East Staffordshire and the Black Country – full time and part-time roles available.

To find out more e-mail



Learning Manager

From home/Wolverhampton and throughout Beacon’s operating area

37.5 hours per week (Salary will be reviewed in April 2022)

Salary £27,500- 32,500


We are excited to offer this opportunity to manage and lead our learning, employment and training team and programmes at Beacon.  This is a growing team that has recently been successful in securing additional funding for new posts.  Beacon’s Learning Team help support people in Wolverhampton, Black Country and Staffordshire living with sight loss or any other disabilities or barriers, to find work, improve their lives and undertake learning, employment or training programmes.

Working in collaboration with services across Beacon to provide integrated support for people impacted by sight loss, our successful candidate will be an effective project manager, able to develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, as well as being proactive in seeking to develop new opportunities and funding streams.

Beacon can offer you a hybrid working role, with access to an office and opportunity to work from home.  We also offer Simply Health membership, pension and life assurance scheme, with competitive pay and holiday allowance.

To apply please complete the application form at the link below.

Job Description

Application Form

Closing date:  9th December 2021

Interview date: 17th December

Beacon is an equal opportunities employer

DBS Checks are required for this post

This post is part funded through the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund


Employment Officer

Cannock/East Staffordshire/From home

37.5 hours per week

Salary £23,868 (To be reviewed April 2022)

This post is fixed term until 31/03/2023

The successful candidate will work solely on our Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Evolve programme which aims to assist people with visual impairments and other disabilities and/or barriers, to get ready to move into employment, further education/training or job search.  You will deliver a wide range person centred programme, including training, social and life skills and recreational activities.  Working with participants both face to face and remotely, the successful candidate must be able to travel to Lichfield, Tamworth, Cannock and Burton as well as work from home.

Previous experience in a similar role preferable; educated to equivalent Level 3 in either Care / Management / IAG, or a teaching / training qualification. Full Clean Driving Licence with business use insurance and access to vehicle due to travel required within the role.

In return, we offer a flexible working environment, generous holiday allowance, Simply Health Cash Plan and pension

To apply please complete the application form at the link below.

Job Description

Application Form

Closing date:  23rd January 2022

Beacon is an equal opportunities employer

DBS Checks are required for this post

This post is funded through the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund

Care and Support Worker (Casual)

£9.07 – £9.35 per hour

Sedgley and surrounding area

At Beacon we have dedicated team members who are chosen for their compassionate natures as well as their qualifications and experience. We provide relationship centred care, placing the individual needs of the customer at the very centre of all we do.

Working as part of the staff team across the full range of Beacon’s care delivery services including residential care, health and wellbeing centre and the community, we are currently looking to recruit casual Care and Support Workers.

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Are flexible
  • Can work weekends where necessary
  • Have experience of working with vulnerable adults
  • Are excellent communicators
  • Are empathetic, patient and have a caring nature
  • A qualification within the health and social care industry is desirable.

All successful candidates will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check, have a full driving licence and access to their own vehicle. Personal or paid experience in care will be a distinct advantage.

To apply please complete the application form at the link below or send your CV to

Job Description

Application Form

Please note: If you do not hear within four weeks of applying please assume you have been unsuccessful.



Do you want to make a visible difference for people with sight loss?

Beacon Centre for the Blind is a charity with a 145-year heritage of supporting people affected by sight loss. Like most charities, we have been significantly impacted by the pandemic however, we are more determined than ever to help those who need us most.

It is an exciting time to join our charity, with new ways to support our members as we emerge from lockdown as well as projects to develop and launch.

We’d welcome those with lived experience, who have been affected directly or indirectly by sight loss and/or have eye health experience. We are also seeking to ensure all of our members are represented on the Board, through a diverse and inclusive team.

If you are passionate about making a difference, we have a number of Trustee vacancies on a voluntary basis covering a variety of specialist roles including:

  • Fundraising / Marketing
  • Charity Retail
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Health & Social Care

But we are also keen to hear from anyone who is passionate about making a difference and wants to give something back to their community.

What is the role about:

You will work with the Chair and other trustees to provide guidance and support to all areas of the charity. Trustees are also expected to fulfil a legal role in ensuring the charity operates within its aims and expectations.

As a trustee you will join the main Board which meets four times a year, and we would also like you to join one of the two sub committees which also meet four times a year. Trustees are also encouraged to support Beacon fund raising events. As a  Trustee you would also be in  email and phone contact with relevant director and wider team if you particular skills and expertise are required.

You will be continually supported by the Chair and other trustees.

The first term of office for every Trustee shall be one year, followed by three years renewable for two further terms thereafter.

What is in it for you:

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Utilise your skills for the public benefit through the support of a leading regional sight loss charity.
  • Deepen your understanding of charity management and governance.
  • Support the achievements of Beacon’s charitable objectives, resulting in a visible difference for people with sight loss.
  • Feature on our website as well as blog opportunities and CSR links for your organisation/personal profile.

 To apply, please send your CV along with a short covering letter of application to the contacts listed below. In your covering letter, please summarise your motivations and experiences for applying for the role.

Lisa Cowley, CEO:

Kathy Roper, Chair of Trustees:

Supporting information:

Chair of Trustees Blog

Telephone Befriender (Voluntary role)

Taking the time to talk is important for us all right now.

Our telephone befriending service is a lifeline for people with sight loss during this pandemic.

We are on the lookout for new volunteers to be a friendly voice on the phone.

If you want to make a difference please come and join us.

If you want to find out more about the service or are interested in becoming one of our volunteers please e-mail

Volunteers Needed
Could you give the gift of your time?
If you would like to meet new people and help to make a difference to the lives of people living with sight loss, we are looking to recruit volunteer for the following areas:

To apply or learn more, please contact the People Team at or call 01902 880 111.