Community Support Groups

Community Support Groups exist in local communities across New Zealand. The volunteers who make up the groups include Blind Low Vision NZ clients, family and whanau, local health professionals and others interested in supporting Blind Low Vision NZ’s work. They are involved in a lot of different activities which bring people who are blind or have low vision together. Supporting and complementing Blind Low Vision NZ’s work, they create community connections.

If you’d like to join or find out more about a Community Support Group in your area, please get in touch. If there’s not a group in your area and you’re keen to establish one, we can help with that too.  Call 0800 24 33 33 and ask for the Community and Volunteer Coordinator in your area or email


Telefriend is a peer support service available for you, your family and friends. It offers the chance to talk to other people who understand from their own experience. Staffed by trained volunteers who are blind or have low vision themselves, Telefriend is a caring, confidential service.

You can reach Telefriend on 0800 100 051 (Monday to Friday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm). Outside of these hours, you can leave a message and the call will be returned.

Hobbies and keeping active

Many special interest groups and activities exist around the country, suitable for people who are blind or with low vision. We can put you in touch with opportunities available in your area. Several other organisations such as Achilles and Parafed offer a range of activities.

The Blind Low Vision NZ crew is also always keen to hear about your own hobbies and social interests. That way, we can help you to get the most out of whatever activity you choose while feeling safe. If you’d like to set up a special interest group or get involved in activities that are already happening, get in touch by email

Getting support from volunteers

We’re lucky to have a community of volunteers, who are such an integral part of our team. We couldn’t do what we do; without them! Wherever possible our volunteers provide assistance with a variety of activities. Volunteers also get involved with fundraising, Guide Dog volunteering, library services, and so much more.

Becoming a volunteer
We welcome both clients and non-clients as volunteers. If you would like to be a volunteer or learn more about volunteer services in your area, please call Blind Low Vision NZ’s Contact Centre on 0800 24 33 33 or visit our volunteer opportunity page