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

Blind Low Vision Collection Box Volunteers, Auckland Wide- Browns Bay, Howick, Pakuranga, Glenfield, Birkenhead, Northcote, South Auckland
Orewa, Whangarei, Morrinsville
Wellington

Role Description

The Bind Low Vision NZ is New Zealand’s leading provider of vision rehabilitation, providing practical and emotional support for people with vision loss. We are looking for volunteers to help us with our fundraising efforts to give our clients the independence and freedom to live their lives to the fullest.

In the current scenario, with the new challenges due to the impact of Corona virus, the need to supplement our funding channels becomes even more relevant. Would you have the time to be our Collection Box volunteer and support our efforts? Would you have three hours every month to make a difference to the lives of people who are blind or have low vision?

Task:

  • Encourage local businesses such as cafes, restaurants and other 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
  • Clean 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

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

Volunteer Coordinator, Gisborne

Role Outline

  • To support Blind Low Vision NZ activities in Gisborne. To work closely with Blind Low Vision NZ Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator based in Napier to recruit and support volunteers in Gisborne.

Tasks:

Provide support to the Regional Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator to place volunteers and support them to deliver activities.

  • Assist with recruitment
  • Participate in training of volunteers
  • Participate in volunteer recognition events as planned with the Regional Coordinator Volunteer Services
  • Assist with keeping volunteer records up to date

Skills/ interests required 

  • Must be over 18 years old
  • An interest in people and the ability to listen and communicate effectively.
  • Good organizational skills
  • Able to relate to a diverse range of people.
  • Willingness to gain a sound knowledge of sight loss issues and an understanding of Blind Low Vision NZ services
  • Full clean New Zealand drivers licence
  • The ability to work as a team member and autonomously

Directions

  • Responsible to Regional Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator, based in Napier
  • Attend a Blind Low Vision NZ orientation course and other training as identified

Time Commitment

  • 1-2 hours per week ( flexibility is required)

Training and support to perform the role will be provided. Recruitment will begin after the lockdown period.

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.

Blind Week Street Collection Coordinator

Auckland (Central, West, North), Hamilton, Whakatane, Palmerston North, Lower Hutt, Whakatane, Feilding, Rotorua, Oamaru, Timaru, and Dunedin.

Do your friends always say you’re the organised one? Are you available on 18 and 19 October? Here’s a role for you that will use your excellent organisational skills while you are making a difference.

As a Blind Week Street Appeal coordinator you’ll be responsible for:

  • Contacting local volunteers and creating a roster for your area
  • Ensuring volunteers have the materials they need on the day
  • Banking the donations at your local BNZ branch

Requirements: Excellent organizational skills, own transport.

Time commitment: 16 & 17 October, plus about 4-6 hours (total) to contact collectors and create your roster before the collection.

We’ll provide you with training, phone and email support, volunteer collectors, and all the materials you’ll need. You could do this role alone, or with a friend.

We need Blind Week coordinators in Auckland (Central, West, North), Hamilton, Whakatane, Palmerston North, Lower Hutt, Whakatane, Feilding, Rotorua, Oamaru, Timaru, and Dunedin.

If you think you can help, or want more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Community & Events team below :

Please call: 0800 120 254

Email: blindweek@blindlowvision.org.nz

Amazon Alexa Volunteer – Auckland, Palmerston North and New Plymouth

We are looking for some amazing Amazon Alexa volunteers in Auckland, Palmerston North and New Plymouth!

Do you enjoy catching up with the latest technology that can influence your day-to-day life? Do you enjoy meeting a wide variety of people? Most essentially, do you have a passion and a bit of time for helping others? If yes, we have the perfect volunteering opportunity for you.

Blind Low Vision NZ is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to teach blind and low vision clients to use the Amazon Alexa. This involves:

Set up Alexa and enable ‘Blind Low Vision NZ skill’ at the client’s location.
Guide clients with the use of commands to search and listen to audio books and magazines in the ‘Blind Low Vision NZ skill’.
Provide information on how to protect your information and privacy when using Alexa.
On-going support with client by phone call 4 weeks later and or further visits if required.

Skills Required

Essential

  • High level of information literacy and technology skills
  • Ability to communicate with people in an appropriate and empathetic manner
  • Clean driver’s licence

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 an Alexa training guide and a comprehensive face-to-face training.
  • The Library will have a volunteer coordinator and/or staff to provide any ongoing/additional training when required.

Sounds interesting? Please apply online through this link and mention Alexa Volunteer Role

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.

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 Low Vision NZ 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 Blind Low Vision NZ 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.

Blind Low Vision NZ 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 Blind Low Vision NZ learning about the accessibility functions on Apple devices and how to use Blind Low Vision NZ 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 Low Vision NZ 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 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.