Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Blind Low Vision NZ.

Big and small ways to volunteer today

Thanks for thinking of us. Blind Low Vision NZ 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.

Blind Low Vision NZ 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 Blind Low Vision NZ 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@blindlowvision.org.nz

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

Volunteer opportunities

Library Technology Volunteer, Auckland

Do you like being up to date with the latest technology that can influence our day-today lives? Do you enjoy interacting with a wide variety of people? Most essentially, do you have a passion for helping others? If yes, we have the right volunteering opportunity for you.  Blind Low Vision NZ is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to teach blind and low vision clients to use the latest technology to access our audio library.  These include Alexa the Amazon smart speaker along with BookDrive, EasyReader App and Booklink Web. The role involves:

  • Installation and setup of Alexa at the client’s location, enabling the Blind Low Vision skill and guiding clients with the use of commands to search and listen to audio books, magazines and newspapers.
  • Teaching clients how to use BookDrive, which is a USB used with a DAISY player. The Daisy player is like a CD player, with large, tactile controls designed for blind and low vision readers.
  • Downloading EasyReader App onto client’s device and teaching them to navigate and search for books to download onto their device.
  • Teaching clients how to access Booklink Web so they can directly access the BLV Library in their web browser and listen from their computer or download books onto a USB to use on a listening device.
  • Follow up call to client after visit to resolve any issues.

Skills Required

Essential

  • High level of information literacy and technology skills
  • Ability to communicate with people in an appropriate and empathetic manner
  • Own transport (petrol reimbursement option available)

Personal Attributes and Values

  • Attention to detail
  • Able to work alone, self-directed or as part of a team
  • Helpful and supportive attitude
  • Interest in technology
  • Problem solver

Training

  • The Library will provide a training guide and full training in Alexa, BookDrive, EasyRead and Booklink. Our volunteer coordinator and/or staff will provide any necessary additional training when required.

Please apply through the link below and mention this role to register your interest.

Social Recreation Support Volunteer, Hamilton

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

The Role:

Blind Low Vision NZ is looking for a male volunteer (we currently have a very good representation of female volunteers) to help at our Hamilton-based Blind and Low Vision Social Group. This is an independent group based at Blind Low Vision NZ office on Liverpool Street.

Requirement:

  • Available every Monday and Thursday from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Able to support and encourage our members with the group’s activities such as indoor bowling, crafts, quiz, etc.
  • Willingness to drive Blind Low Vision NZ van during group outings once or twice a year.
  • Clean driver’s licence

Essential:

  • Committed and enthusiastic
  • Able to work with a variety of people and age groups

Training will be provided to work alongside those who are blind or have low vision. Our Social Group has a good team of volunteers providing lunch for the attendees, so you will not go hungry!

Please apply through the link below and mention this role to register your interest.

Various locations: Desktop Video Magnifier Support Volunteer

Do you enjoy assisting people to access technology? Does the idea of helping Blind Low Vision NZ 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 Low Vision NZ 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 Low Vision NZ 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 Low Vision NZ 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 Low Vision NZ 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 Low Vision NZ 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 Low Vision NZ? If yes, we have the perfect role for you.

Role Description

The Blind Low Vision NZ 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.

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.

Blind Low Vision Collection Box Volunteers – Morrinsville, Orewa, Whangarei

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 Low Vision NZ? 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 Low Vision NZ 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.