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,  you can still apply to be a volunteer.   Or 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

Parnell, Auckland: Copyholder Volunteer

Do you enjoy reading? Do you thrive on attention to detail and accuracy? 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 is looking for volunteers who will assist the Braille proofreading team. You will be assisting the team to produce Braille which is accurate and in a timely manner. These include a wide range such as novels, math, languages, menus, chemistry, pamphlets and maps.

 Requirements

  • Eye for detail.
  • Interest in reading.
  • An excellent communicator.
  • Able to volunteer Mondays or Tuesdays for a few hours.
  • An ability to relate well with a range of people and cultures.
  • Awareness of the blind and 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.

For further information, please email volunteer@blindfoundation.org.nz

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. To find out more, please email volunteer@blindfoundation.org.nz.

Parnell, Auckland: Technical Support Volunteer

Do you enjoy tinkering with small machines and typewriters? Does the idea of helping out in the Blind Foundation’s Technical Workshop 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 someone to assist our Senior Audio Technician to service and repair the Perkins Brailler &. PTX1 Players. The Perkins Brailler is a “braille typewriter” and the PTX1 Player, also known as the Talking Book Machine is an audio device that enables those who are blind or have low vision to listen to their favourite books and magazines.

You will be based at the Blind Foundation’s office in Parnell.

Availability

6 hours a week

Essential

  • Strong technical knowledge
  • Well organised and pays attention to detail
  • Demonstrates an understanding of safe practices around machinery
  • Good manual dexterity

Personal Attributes and Values

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to respect confidentiality
  • Committed to finishing the assigned tasks on time
  • Able to work independently and in a team environment

Adequate training and support will be provided to perform the role. To find out more, please email volunteer@blindfoundation.org.nz or call Sue Vyas  on 09 3556917.

Lower Hutt: Coffee Morning Support Volunteer

Role Description

Do you have two hours each month to enable someone in your local community lead a more enriched life?  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?

The Blind Foundation requires volunteers to support members of the blind and low vision community participate in a monthly coffee morning. This is based in Lower Hutt and occurs every third Tuesday with a 10.30am start. This event is run by volunteers and provides the opportunity for members of the Blind Foundation to get together and catch up over a cup of coffee. Sometimes there are guest speakers who come and speak to the group. Volunteers are required to help with morning tea, clean up, and sighted guiding.  The volunteer must be available from 9.30am, and be prepared to allocate up to two hours per coffee morning. Training is available for volunteers so that they are confident in providing vision support and sighted guiding.

We are looking for people with the following skills:

Essential

  • Physically able to guide another person
  • Available each month for up to two hours and available during the day
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Preferred

  • Able to drive and a clean NZ driving license

Personal Attributes

  • An excellent communicator
  •  Able to work as a team
  • Flexible, displays patience and empathy

If this sounds like the prefect volunteering opportunity for you, please contact:

Frances Watling, Blind Foundation Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator by telephone on 04 380 2151 or by emailing fwatling@blindfoundation.org.nz.

Tauranga: Centre Based Rehabilitation Support Volunteer

Do you enjoy meeting and interacting with a wide variety of people? Do you have a passion for helping others?   But most essentially, would you like to be part of the journey and support clients who are blind or have low vision to lead independent lives? If yes, we have the perfect role for you.

Role Description

The Blind Foundation needs volunteers to support our centre based rehabilitation groups. The group is run by specialist rehabilitation staff who support Blind Foundation clients to adapt to vision loss by teaching adaptive daily living and orientation and mobility techniques.

The volunteer is required to support the rehabilitation instructor and other specialist Blind Foundation staff to organise equipment and materials for each session, meet and greet participants and provide support during the training sessions.

Essential

  • Able to travel to and from the Blind Foundation Tauranga office up to three times a month
  • Available for between three hours and six hours three times a month for six months
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Preferred

  • Knowledge of techniques for supporting people who have low vision or are blind
  • Awareness of the blind and vision community
  • First aid trained

Personal Attributes

  • An excellent communicator
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Reliable and organised
  • Commitment
  • Displays patience and empathy
  • A good sense of humour

Training in sighted guiding techniques and supporting clients will be provided.

For more information about the role, please email volunteer@blindfoundation.org.nz  

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.

To register your interest as a participant or facilitator of the group, please contact:

Read a job description for the Group Facilitator role by clicking the link (starts a Word document download).

Julie Klein, ACATS Client Service Coordinator Lower North and South

Email jklein@blindfoundation.org.nz

Direct Dial 04 380 2160

Mobile: 027 489 4516

Karen Plimmer, ACATS Client Service Coordinator Auckland and North

Email kplimmer@blindfoundation.org.nz

Mobile: 027 808 3946

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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.

To register your interest as a participant or facilitator of the group, please contact:

Read a job description for the group facilitator role by clicking the link (starts a Word document download).

Julie Klein, ACATS Client Service Coordinator Lower North and South

Email jklein@blindfoundation.org.nz

Direct Dial 04 380 2160

Mobile: 027 489 4516

Karen Plimmer, ACATS Client Service Coordinator Auckland and North

Email kplimmer@blindfoundation.org.nz

Mobile: 027 808 3946

Publishing Support Volunteer- Wairarapa

Are you interested in supporting a member of the blind and low vision community to achieve his goals? Are you willing to be part of an exciting project for shared public good? Here is a unique volunteering opportunity for you.

Role Outline

To support a client to gather information for the purpose of writing a column in a local paper. The column aims to raise awareness about economic growth in the Wairarapa. The volunteer role would involve collecting and presenting source material in a format which the client is easily able to access.

Time Commitment

Two hours, twice a week

Location

Client’s home.  There is an office and laptop available for the volunteer to use for the production of accessible format materials. However, if you have access to a computer and the internet, some aspects of the support can be completed independently.

Skills and Interests Required

An interest in working on a project for shared public good
A sound understanding of producing written material in a digital format
Able to accurately extract relevant information from a variety of source material
Able to produce written material using plain English
An excellent communicator
Able to work independently as well as part of a team

Tasks and Expected Results

  • Record notes for the client
  • Discuss and define the client’s requirements of information
  • Search publications provided by the client for relevant references
  • Source materials from libraries, the Council, newspapers, journals
  • Gather information from online sources
  • Produce documents and present information according to the client’s requirements.

Training

Attend Blind Foundation Training and Orientation course
Train in the production of accessible format documentation

For more details, email Frances Watling- email fwatling@blindfoundation.org.nz. Telephone 04 380 2151.

Car Valet Volunteer- Auckland (Manurewa), Palmerston North, Whangarei, Dunedin

Do you enjoy 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 and become part of the much valued volunteer team to deliver services to our blind clients and those with low vision? If yes, we have a volunteer role for you.

The Blind Foundation is looking to recruit a volunteer who can spare up to a couple of hours each week to maintain and clean their fleet cars in the regional offices.

Essential

  • Available on a weekly basis for up to two hours.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Attend Blind Foundation induction & training.
  • Current and clean NZ driving license.
  • Times and days as agreed by Administrator.
  • Follow Blind Foundation Health and Safety procedure.

Personal Attributes

Able to work independently.

Reliable, flexible and organised.

Displays patience and empathy.

Tasks

Car Interior.

Clean windows throughout.
Dust and clean dashboard etc.
Vacuum front, back and boot of car.

Car Exterior.

Shampoo car and hose down.
Dry and wipe car down.
Make sure car is parked safely and locked.

You are welcome to share a cup of tea or coffee in the Blind Foundation Staff Room. Training and support to perform the role will be provided.

To register your interest, email: volunteer@blindfoundation.org.nz

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.

For further information, please email volunteer@blindfoundation.org.nz

Driver – Wairarapa

Role description

The Blind Foundation is looking to recruit a volunteer to support Blind Foundation clients who would like to attend recreation events in their local community. The volunteer would be required to drive clients to and from events, helping them to overcome this barrier to participation.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer driver must have a clean and current New Zealand driver’s license. They must be interested in helping people, and prepared to participate in training to ensure that they gain an understanding of sight loss issues.

Essential skills

• Must be over 18 years old and live in the Wairarapa area.
• An interest in people and the ability to listen and communicate effectively.
• Able to relate to a diverse range of people.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Must have a clean current full New Zealand driver’s license.
• Willingness to gain a sound knowledge of sight loss issues and an understanding of Blind Foundation services.

For more information about the role, please email Frances Watling, Blind Foundation Recreation and Volunteer coordinator at fwatling@blindfoundation.org.nz

Driver – Wellington

Role description

The Blind Foundation is looking to recruit a volunteer to support Blind Foundation clients who would like to attend recreation events in their local community. The volunteer would be required to drive clients to and from events, helping them to overcome this barrier to participation.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer driver must have a clean and current New Zealand driver’s license. They must be interested in helping people, and prepared to participate in training to ensure that they gain an understanding of sight loss issues.

Essential skills

• Must be over 18 years old and live ideally in one of the suburbs around Johnsonville in Wellington.
• An interest in people and the ability to listen and communicate effectively.
• Able to relate to a diverse range of people.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Must have a clean current full New Zealand driver’s license.
• Willingness to gain a sound knowledge of sight loss issues and an understanding of Blind Foundation services.

For more information about the role, please email Frances Watling, Blind Foundation Recreation and Volunteer coordinator at fwatling@blindfoundation.org.nz

Wairarapa Support Group Volunteer – Masterton

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 is looking for a volunteer to support clients who are blind or have low vision to participate in a social event in Masterton, run by the Wairarapa Support Group. Volunteers are required to set up the venue, assist with sighted guiding and socialise with clients.

Time involvement

Once every six weeks for two hours.

Essential

  • Physically able to guide another person.
  • Available each month for up to two hours.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Preferred

  • Knowledge of sighted guiding techniques.
  • Awareness of the blind and vision community.
  • Ability to drive clients to and from the venue.

Personal attributes

  • Able to work as a team.
  • Flexible.
  • Displays patience and empathy.
  • Commitment.

Training in sighted guiding techniques will be available to confidently support clients.

For more information about the role, please email volunteer@blindfoundation.org.nz

Support Group Volunteer – Levin

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 volunteers to support clients who are blind or have low vision to participate in social events run by Levin Support Group every three months. This is a great event for clients to catch up with each other, enjoy some entertainment and share afternoon tea. You will work alongside experienced volunteers for on-going guidance.

Time involvement

Three to four hours per event held every three months

Essential

  • Physically able to provide sighted guiding.
  • Assist with set up of venue, prepare and serve afternoon tea.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Preferred

  • Ability to drive clients to and from the venue.
  • First aid training.

Personal attributes

  • An excellent communicator.
  • Able to work as a team.
  • Flexible.
  • Displays patience, empathy and commitment.

Training in sighted guiding techniques will be available to confidently support clients.

For more information about the role, please email volunteer@blindfoundation.org.nz

Walking group volunteers – Levin

Do you enjoy social walking 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 volunteers to join our weekly social walking group. Our walking group volunteers will enable clients who are blind or have low vision to socialise as well as enjoy some exercise, followed by a visit to a nearby café. The group is run by experienced volunteers who can provide on-going advice and support.

Essential

  • Able to walk for 30 minutes on easy terrain.
  • Physically able to guide another person.
  • Available on Monday’s from 10 -11:30am.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Preferred

  • First aid training.
  • Able to drive and happy to help with transport.

Personal attributes

  • An excellent communicator.
  • Able to work as a team.
  • Flexible.
  • Displays patience and empathy.

Training in sighted guiding techniques will be available to confidently support clients.

For more information about the role, please email volunteer@blindfoundation.org.nz

Collection Box Volunteer – Auckland and Hamilton

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.

Please email volunteer@blindfoundation.org.nz to register your interest.

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.

For more information or to register your interest, please email volunteer@blindfoundation.org.nz.

 

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.

Please email volunteer@blindfoundation.org.nz to register your interest.