Big and small ways to volunteer today

Thanks for thinking of us. The Blind Foundation has lots of activities and projects which need your help right now. Whether you want to get involved weekly, monthly or occasionally, there’ll be a volunteer opportunity for you.

The Blind Foundation is always looking for people, teams and groups to help us out.  If you are keen, please check out the list below to see what’s on offer at the moment.

If you’d like to support Red Puppy Appeal and Blind Week, please call 0800 120 254.

Fancy helping out the Blind Foundation in some other way? If you want to assist but can’t find a role that suits you right now, just click the ‘I’m interested’ button below to complete the form with your details and what sort of things you’d like to do. If you would like to find out a bit more about any volunteer opportunity call 0800 24 33 33 and ask to speak to the Community, Volunteer and Recreation team or email volunteer@blindfoundation.org.nz

However you choose to help, you’ll be making a world of difference.

Volunteer opportunities

Red Puppy Appeal Area Coordinators

Volunteer Coordinator for Red Puppy Appeal Street Collection – 22 and 23 March 2018

Nation-wide

Have you often been complimented on your flair for logistics? Can you spare a few weeks this March to help us coordinate Red Puppy Appeal? Your support can enable our little puppies to become guide dogs for New Zealanders who are blind or have low vision to achieve a Life without Limits.

About this opportunity

Red Puppy Appeal is a nation-wide street collection on 22-23 March 2019 that raises money for our guide dog services. Volunteer coordinators look after a number of collection sites and volunteers in their area. Coordinators will be provided with volunteers and can increase the income from their area by helping with recruitment.

What does a volunteer coordinator do?

You will be responsible for creating a roster of collectors in your area, and ensuring collectors have buckets, vests and stickers on the days of the collection. You will also need to bank the money at your local BNZ once it’s been collected.  As a volunteer coordinator, you’ll need:

To be available on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March 2019

  • 4-6 hours’ time in the weeks before the collection to organise your roster
  • Your own transport
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • To be friendly and approachable

The Blind Foundation will provide:

  • Coordinator training if required
  • Telephone and email support
  • Amazing volunteers
  • Required materials

These are the areas where we need coordinators:

Auckland Central:

  • Auckland CBD/K-Road
  • Grey Lynn/Ponsonby/Pt Chev
  • Newmarket/Parnell
  • Ellerslie/Greenlane/Remuera
  • Kingsland/Mt Albert/Mt Eden/Sandringham/St Lukes
  • Mt Roskill/Onehunga/Royal Oak/Three Kings
  • Mt Wellington/Stonefields

South Auckland:

  • Manurewa

West Auckland:

  • Blockhouse Bay/Green Bay/Lynfield/New Lynn
  • Henderson/Kelston/Te Atatu

Hamilton:

  • Chartwell/Flagstaff/Rototuna
  • Frankton/Hamilton Central/Te Rapa
  • Claudelands/Hamilton East/Hillcrest

Hawkes Bay:

  • Hastings

Manawatu-Wangani

  • Whanganui

Wellington:

  • Lower Hutt/Petone
  • Masterton
  • Wellington Central
  • Wellington South

Canterbury:

  • Methven
  • Rangiora
  • Rolleston

Coordinating an area for a street collection can be hard work but can also be very rewarding when you realise the difference you’re making for fellow New Zealanders who are blind or have low vision.

Volunteer recruitment is on hold till Jan 15 2019.

If you’re available to help us make this the best Red Puppy Appeal street collection yet, then please email us at redpuppy@blindfoundation.org.nz or call us on 0800 120 254. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Auckland, All areas: Technology Buddy

Do you enjoy using a pc, a smartphone or a tablet? Are you excited about the ways in which technology can empower blind and low vision people?

Our Adaptive Technology team work closely with clients who want to stay connected and enjoy other things such as reading news, listening to music and social media. You’ll be helping clients to build their confidence while learning about very different ways to make the best of recent advances in technology.

Role Description

  • Meet with a client at an agreed location once a week.
  • Go over tasks they need to complete to achieve their goals, as explained by Blind Foundation Staff.
  • Complete basic training specific to the needs and goals of a client.

Essential

  • experienced user of tablet, smart phone or PC.
  • Willing to work within the scope of tasks as advised by Blind Foundation staff.
  • Over 18.

Preferred

  • teaching or coaching experience.
  • Able to relate to a range of people including people from different cultures.
  • Patience and empathy.

Training will be given in:

  • Communicating with blind and low vision people.
  • Introduction to Adaptive Technology.
  • Adaptive Technology specific to your client placement.

Express interest in becoming a Technology Buddy.

Breeding & Development Centre Assistant – Auckland

Would you like to support Blind Foundation Guide Dogs? Guide dogs provide people who are blind or have low vision the independence, confidence and freedom to live their lives to the fullest. Come, join a team of dedicated kennel staff and dog lovers and get to be part of Blind Foundation’s dynamic volunteer force.

Volunteer Role Description:

Duties

  • Walk and free run adult large dogs
  • Socialise and spend time with dogs
  • Clean kennels as required
  • Basic housework around kennel facility e.g. washing bowls, washing towels and bedding, sorting and stacking newspaper, cleaning toys or other tasks as requested by kennel staff
  • If time allows, assist staff with socialising Puppies

Qualifications

  • Must be over 15 years old
  • An interest in people and the ability to listen and communicate effectively.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Willingness to gain a sound knowledge of sight loss issues and an understanding of Blind Foundation services
  • Ability to work independently and use initiative
  • Should enjoy working with and relate well to a diverse group of large adult dogs and puppies of all ages
  • Sound health and physically fit
  • Able to cope with a busy and sometimes stressful environment
  • Able to commit to long term volunteering on a regular basis as per agreed roster

Adequate Training to complete volunteer tasks will be provided.

If interested, please apply here and mention the role.

Various locations: Desktop Video Magnifier Support Volunteer

Do you enjoy assisting people to access technology? Does the idea of helping Blind Foundation clients to set up and use their desktop video magnifiers sound like something you would enjoy doing in your spare time? Most of all, would you like to be part of a volunteer team that provides a unique service to Blind Foundation clients? If yes, we have a great volunteering role for you.Do you enjoy assisting people to access technology? Does the idea of helping Blind Foundation clients to set up and use their desktop video magnifiers sound like something you would enjoy doing in your spare time? Most of all, would you like to be part of a volunteer team that provides a unique service to Blind Foundation clients? If yes, we have a great volunteering role for you.

Role Description

We are looking for volunteers to assist our low vision clients, in their own homes, by setting up their desktop video magnifiers and ensuring that they know how to use it correctly. From time to time, you may be asked to ‘trouble-shoot’ if any technical issues arise.   Support volunteers will be located within different locations around the country.This role may also suit two people working together.

Availability

Variable depending on need.

Essential

Has the physical ability to lift the video magnifiers out of packaging and into the desired location (NB: video magnifier is approximately 20kg.
Is comfortable with technology.
Is able to follow identified and agreed processes.
Well organised and pays attention to detail.
Demonstrates an understanding of safe lifting practices.
Good manual dexterity.
Ability to drive or work with a volunteer driver.
Ability to work with client to assess an appropriate location.
Personal Attributes and Values

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills• Ability to respect confidentiality.
Committed to finishing the assigned tasks within agreed timeframes.
Able to work independently and in a team environment.
Training and support will be provided to perform the role.

Express interest in becoming a Desktop Video Magnifier Support volunteer.

Expressions of interest: Adaptive Technology Peer Support Group for iOS users (iPhone, iPad, iPod)

Locations, dates, times and durations of sessions are yet to be determined, this will be after consultation with members and the facilitator.

Group purpose

For Blind Foundation members to explore further using their IOS mobile devices using magnification and speech.

The Aim of the Group

To provide the opportunity to enhance your skills using your IOS device and to share your knowledge and experiences with peers who are blind or have low vision
Assist with keeping up to date with apps and new apps
Understand and complete software updates

Eligibility Criteria

The peer support group are an option for people who have completed training with an ACATS trainer and would like to be part of a support group.

Other members with existing skills using an IOS device may also wish to join the group. It is expected you will have an Android device and you are able to make and receive calls, to send and receive texts and use apps.

Express interest in helping with the Adaptive Technology Peer Support group for iOS.

Expressions of interest: Adaptive Technology Peer Support Group for Android users

Locations, dates, times and durations of sessions are yet to be determined, this will be after consultation with members and the facilitator.

Group purpose

For Blind Foundation members to explore further using their Android mobile devices using magnification and speech.

The Aim of the Group

To provide the opportunity to enhance your skills using your Android device and to share your knowledge and experiences with peers who are blind or have low vision
Assist with keeping up to date with apps and new apps
Understand and complete software updates.

Eligibility Criteria

The peer support group are an option for people who have completed training with an ACATS trainer and would like to be part of a support group.

Other members with existing skills using an Android device may also wish to join the group. It is expected you will have an Android device and you are able to make and receive calls, to send and receive texts and use apps.

Express interest in helping with the Adaptive Technology Peer Support group for android users.

Support Group Volunteer- Pukekohe

Do you enjoy social events and interacting with a wide variety of people? Do you have a passion for helping others?  But most essentially, would you like to support the Blind Foundation? If yes, we have the perfect role for you.

Role Description

The Blind Foundation needs a volunteer to support clients who are blind or have low vision to participate in a social group run by Franklin (Pukekohe) Support Group every fourth Wednesday of the month from 10.00 am to 11.30am. This is a great event for clients to catch up with each other, enjoy some entertainment and share morning tea.

Requirements

To assist with accompany the group for trips.
Able to help with setting up morning tea and cleaning up.
An excellent communicator.
Able to volunteer Wednesday (once a month) for few hours.
Sound health and physically fit.
An ability to relate well with a range of people and cultures.
Awareness of the blind and low vision community.
Able to work independently and as part of a team.
Displays patience and empathy.
Training and support to perform tasks will be given.

Express interest in helping with the Pukekohe support group.

Collection Box Volunteer – Auckland

Role

Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you enjoy interacting with a wide variety of people?  But most essentially, would you like to support Blind Foundation Guide Dogs? If yes, we have the perfect role for you.

As a collection box volunteer you will be supporting guide dogs to give blind people and those with low vision the independence, confidence and freedom to live their lives to the fullest.

Responsibilities

Phone businesses in your region to see if collection box needs emptying.
Drive to area and empty collection device.
Count the money and complete paperwork to go to the Blind Foundation office.
Report back to the coordinator if any changes in the area i.e. collection box removed or new collection box placed.
Bank money at the end of the working day.
Introduce new collection devices to the appropriate areas as instructed by the coordinator.
Requirements

Flexibility of hours.
Have the ability to work independently and use initiative.
Experience in handling money.
Driver’s license.
Some computer skills would be helpful.
Confident on the telephone.
Time commitment

Various times to fit around other commitments – approximately two hours per month.

Training

Appropriate training and support to perform tasks will be provided.

Express interest in becoming a collection box volunteer.

Recreation support volunteer-Auckland

Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you enjoy interacting with a wide variety of people? And most essentially, do you have an enthusiasm for recreation activities? If yes, then we have the right volunteering opportunity for you.

Your role will be to work alongside existing networks to support blind and low vision people to gain the confidence to access recreation activities of their own choice, develop their skills and interests, build their social networks and engage in opportunities in the wider community with a focus to improve health and wellbeing.

We offer full training for the roles and an opportunity to use your skills and experience supporting others to lead a life without limits.

Current opportunities include:

Wednesday Amblers walking Group Based in Parnell. 1 to 2 hours per week offering vision support, planning and coordinating.
Special interest Groups: Based in Parnell or Manurewa. Vision support volunteers needed for weekly trips to places of interest around Auckland. Tuesdays or Wednesdays for 3 to 4 hours.
Community Support Groups: Auckland wide, 3 to 4 hours per week offering vision support, planning and coordinating.
Individual Community Support: Auckland wide supporting members to engage in recreation within the wider community. Activities include Indoor or Outdoor bowls, Arts, Waka Ama, Yoga, Walking and more.

Express interest in being a recreation support volunteer.

Booklink volunteer- Hamilton

Role

Do you consider yourself tech-savvy? We have an exciting new volunteer opportunity for you.

The Blind Foundation library has launched an App for use with i-devices to enable our members to download books and information direct to their mobile device.

We need volunteers to help in this exciting and innovative technology project. If you call yourself a digital native, we would welcome you to share your skills with our clients who are blind or have low vision; this may be the perfect volunteering opportunity you are looking for.

Skills

We are looking for people with the following skills:

Essential

Proficient and confident in using Apple products – iphones, ipads, and ipods.
Proficient and confident in downloading and using Apps on mobile devices.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Some experience in teaching/training adults
Owning an Apple device

Preferred

Knowledge of accessible formats (Training can be provided).
Awareness of the accessibility options on Apple devices.
Awareness of the blind and low vision community.
Understanding of technology trends as applied to libraries.

Personal attributes

Displays patience and empathy.
Client focussed.
Able to both work independently and as part of a team.
Confident and clear communication skills.

Time Commitment

An initial two to three hour training session with the Blind Foundation learning about the accessibility functions on Apple devices and how to use the Blind Foundation BookLink App. Thereafter we would expect a minimum commitment of up to two to three hours per week at a convenient time both to volunteers and clients. This would also be dependent on client availability.

Express interest in becoming a BookLink volunteer.

Blind Foundation Collection Box Volunteers – Waikato Region

(Ngatea, Paeroa, Huntly, Te Uku, Raglan, Tokoroa)

Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you enjoy interacting with a wide variety of people? But most essentially, would you like to support Blind Foundation? If yes, we have the perfect role for you.

As a collection box volunteer you will be supporting our fundraising efforts to give blind people and those with low vision the independence, confidence and freedom to live their lives to the fullest.

Task

  • Encourage local businesses to host our collection devices
  • Phone/visit businesses in your region to see if their collection device needs emptying
  • Empty collection devices regularly (every 6 to 8 weeks)
  • Bank money collected from the different sites
  • Count the money and complete paperwork to go to the Blind Foundation office
  • Report back to the Fundraising coordinator any changes i.e. collection box removed or new collection box placed

Requirements

  • Flexibility of hours
  • Have the ability to work independently and use initiative
  • Experience in handling money
  • Some computer skills would be helpful
  • Confident on telephone
  • Driver’s license

 

Time commitment:  Various times to fit around other commitments – approx. 3 hrs. per month.

Training

  • Appropriate training and support to perform tasks will be provided

Express interest in becoming a collection box volunteer.

Guide Dog Kennel Assistant Volunteer- Manurewa, Auckland

Would you like to support Blind Foundation Guide Dogs? Guide Dogs provide blind people and those with low vision the independence, confidence and freedom to live their lives to the fullest. Come, join a team of dedicated kennel staff and dog lovers and get to be part of Blind Foundation’s dynamic volunteer force.

Role Description:

Duties

  • Scrubbing kennels
  • Basic housework around kennel facility e.g washing bowls, washing towels and bedding cleaning kennels or other tasks as requested by kennel staff
  • Walking adult dogs in local area as needed
  • Spending time with dogs in the free run and one on one in kennels
  • Grooming/bathing dogs

Qualifications

  • Must be over 15 years old
  • An interest in people and the ability to listen and communicate effectively.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Willingness to gain a sound knowledge of sight loss issues and an understanding of Blind Foundation services
  • Ability to work independently and use initiative
  • Should enjoy working with and relate well to a diverse group of large adult dogs and puppies over 6 months old
  • Sound health and physically fit
  • Able to cope with a busy and sometimes stressful environment
  • Able to commit to long term volunteering on a regular shift basis as per agreed roster

Adequate Training to complete volunteer tasks will be provided.

Express interest in becoming a Guide Dog Kennel Assistant.