Volunteer opportunities

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

Vision Support – Paraparaumu

Role Description

The Blind Foundation is looking to recruit a volunteer available to provide one to one vision support for a client based in Paraparaumu. The volunteer must be prepared to meet with the client on a monthly basis. The purpose of the visits would be to help the client with getting out locally, to go out for a coffee and look around the shops. Ideally the volunteer would be able to drive and would be happy to have a guide dog in their vehicle, although this is not essential. The volunteer must be confident to work independently and will be expected to keep the local volunteer coordinator aware of any change in circumstances which would affect this role. Training would be available to the volunteer, to increase their understanding of strategies that might be useful when providing vision support for clients.

Essential skills

• Available on a monthly basis for up to two hours.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Have completed a satisfactory police check and character reference check.
• Attend a Blind Foundation orientation course and other training as identified.

Preferred skills

• Able to drive (if driving then the volunteer needs to hold a current clean NZ driving license).
• Available during the day.

Personal Attributes

• An excellent communicator.
• Able to work independently.
• Reliable.
• Organised.
• Flexible.
• Displays patience and empathy.

If you would be happy to spend up to 2 hours each month enabling someone in your local community lead a more enriched life, then please register your interest by emailing Frances Watling, Blind Foundation Recreation and Volunteer coordinator at fwatling@blindfoundation.org.nz

Reader Support – Paraparaumu

Role description

The Blind Foundation is looking to recruit a volunteer available to provide one to one reading support for a client based in Paraparaumu. The volunteer must be prepared to meet with the client on a weekly basis. The purpose of the visits would be for the volunteer to help the client develop the use of their cochlear implant. Visits would ideally be two to three times weekly and the volunteer would be required to read a set text, speaking slightly slower than usual. The text will be provided by the local Hearing Therapist. This role is not an on-going position but someone interested in the position should ideally be available for six months. The volunteer must be confident to work independently and will be expected to coordinate with the hearing specialist on a regular basis. Training would be available to the volunteer from both the local Blind Foundation Volunteer coordinator and the hearing specialist working with the client.

Essential skills

• Must be over 18 years old.
• Available on a weekly basis for at least two visits approximately half an hour each in duration.
• Available for six months.
• A clear reading voice.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Able to travel to and from the clients home.
• Have completed a satisfactory police check and character reference check.
• Attend a Blind Foundation orientation course and other training as identified.

Preferred skills

• Available during the day.

Personal Attributes

• An excellent communicator.
• Able to work independently.
• Reliable.
• Organised.
• Flexible.
• Displays patience and empathy.

For more information about this role please email Frances Watling, Blind Foundation Recreation and Volunteer coordinator at fwatling@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

Vision Support – Upper Hutt

Role description

The Blind Foundation is looking to recruit a volunteer available to provide one to one vision support for a client based at home in Upper Hutt. The volunteer must be prepared to visit the client at home on a regular basis. The purpose of the visits would be to help the client complete vision related tasks that they are finding difficult. They would appreciate support exploring craft activities such as card making, help using a Daisy player (talking book machine) as well as assistance ordering and returning CDs to the Blind Foundation Library. The volunteer may also be asked to read books, magazines and newspapers that are not available through either the Blind Foundation or the local public library.

The volunteer must be confident to work independently and will be expected to keep the local volunteer coordinator aware of any change in circumstances which would affect this role. Training would be available to the volunteer, to increase their understanding of strategies that might be useful when providing vision support for clients.

Essential skills

• Able to travel to and from the clients home.
• Available ideally on a weekly basis for up to an hour.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• An interest in simple craft activities.
• Have completed a satisfactory police check and character reference check.
• Willing to attend a Blind Foundation orientation course and other training as identified.

Personal Attributes

• An excellent communicator.
• Able to work independently.
• Reliable.
• Organised.
• Flexible.
• Displays patience and empathy.

If you would be happy to spend an hour each week enabling someone in your local community lead a more enriched life, then please register your interest by emailing Frances Watling, Blind Foundation Recreation and Volunteer coordinator at fwatling@blindfoundation.org.nz

Support group volunteer – Papakura

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 social events run by Papakura Support Group every Wednesday from 10.00 am to 12 noon. This is a great event for clients to catch up with each other, enjoy some entertainment and share morning tea.

Requirements

  • To assist with planning and organizing activities and accompany the group for trips.
  • Able to help with setting up morning tea and cleaning up.
  • An excellent communicator.
  • Able to volunteer Wednesdays for few hours.
  • Sound health and physically fit.
  • An ability to relate well with a range of people and cultures.
  • Clean driver’s license.
  • 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

 

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.

Volunteer driver- South & East Auckland, West Auckland and North Shore

Role

Volunteer Driver.

Location

South & East Auckland, West Auckland and North Shore.

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 driving? If yes, then we have the right volunteering opportunity for you.

The Blind Foundation needs volunteer drivers in Auckland to drive clients to eye related hospital appointments and services based at our centres in Manurewa and Parnell.

Requirements

  • Flexibility of time during weekdays.
  • Clean driver’s license.
  • Email (preferred but not essential).

Personal Attributes

  • Reliable.
  • Sound health and physically fit.
  • An ability to relate well with a range of people and cultures.
  • Awareness of the blind and vision community.
  • Displays patience and empathy.

Volunteers, if they choose to, are reimbursed for their petrol costs. Sighted guide training and a blindness awareness induction are provided.

Volunteering provides a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, share existing skills and have fun, while giving something back to your community.

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.

Volunteer Support- Papakura

Role

To support the Papakura Support Group that meets each Wednesday from 10.00am to 12.00pm.

Training and support to perform tasks will be given.

Requirements

  • Able to help with setting up morning tea and cleaning up.
  • To assist with activities.
  • An excellent communicator.
  • Able to volunteer Wednesdays for few hours.
  • Sound health and physically fit.
  • An ability to relate well with a range of people and cultures.
  • Clean driver’s license.
  • Awareness of the blind and vision community.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Displays patience and empathy.

For more information about the role 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.

Booklink volunteer- Tauranga

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.

Collage Picture Maker Volunteers (Auckland) from 2017

Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you enjoy books, arts and crafts? Would you like to be part of a team that produces Collage books for children who are blind or have low vision? If yes, then we have the right volunteering opportunity for you.

Role Outline:

Volunteers are an integral part of Blind Foundation’s Accessible Format Production activities and Collage Book Makers come together each week for a morning to produce the wide variety of illustrations created for the Collage Picture Books. You will be responsible to create a collage book as part of a team of volunteers and Blind Foundation staff.

The Collage Book Collection, currently at about 1000 books; is particularly inviting to pre-and emerging Braille readers, as well as blind and vision impaired parents and grandparents wishing to share the enjoyment of reading to their children and grandchildren.

Essential Skills:

  • Available once a week Tuesday or Thursday in the mornings for three hours
  •  Willing to travel to the BLENNZ campus at Homai
  • Interest in arts and crafts

Personal Attributes:

  •  Reliable.
  •  Sound health and physically fit.

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.
Experience is not necessary. Training and support to perform the role will be provided. For more information, please email: volunteer@blindfoundation.org.nz

Or call Sue Vyas @ 09 3556917