Image shows the Consumer SEED group posing for a photo between 2 tables.

Consumer SEED 2017

The end of August saw another successful Consumer SEED (Success, Empowerment, Excellent and Developing) Leadership Programme.

Held on Auckland’s North Shore, ten Blind Foundation clients came together over an exciting weekend to build leadership skills, explore their personal style, and make plans to participate in community projects.

The annual programme was extremely successful with the participants leaving inspired and motivated to give to their communities, with the knowledge that they have the support they need.

Over the programme, a newly blind member has discovered some of the many opportunities and services the Blind Foundation offers, including the peer support system another SEED participant plans to set up in Tauranga.

Another participant has hit the streets with her guide dog to raise over $7500 for the Blind Foundation’s charity run in Auckland on October 29.

One keen participant who already runs two Auckland walking groups has even been inspired to fulfil his dream of walking the length of New Zealand.

Participants left with improved confidence and an all-important support system to help them achieve their next set of goals, whether that be participating in a project, or having a courageous conversation involving their vision impairment. Everyone left feeling empowered to reach their personal version of excellence.

Big thanks must go to Felicity Hutcheson for her superb organising and Ali Marshall for her open contribution and support at this year’s SEED.

If you would like more information about the Consumer SEED Leadership Programme contact Felicity Hutcheson at or call her 0800 24 33 33.