Local support in your community

Community Support Groups are, in many ways, the Blind Foundation’s local face.

Sometimes you’ll hear them referred to as Community Committees, other times, Community Support Groups.  Either way they’re the same friendly, local support network for you.

These volunteer groups are in local communities across New Zealand.  Their members include Blind Foundation clients and their families, volunteers, local health professionals and anybody interested in supporting the Blind Foundation’s work.

The Community Support Groups focus on opportunities for blind and low vision kiwis to be active and involved in their communities. They are involved in a lot of different activities to support and complement the Blind Foundation’s work.  Together they create community connections too.

In your area, the group might offer monthly luncheons or other regular social and recreational events.  They may record local content on the Telephone Information Service or help local people with their talking book players from the library.  Some groups are involved in activities like telephone trees which offer a friendly ear.

Many of the groups help drive the Blind Foundation’s annual fundraising appeals in their community too.

Group members also lobby locally for the needs and rights of people who are blind or have low vision.

In return for the volunteers’ great work, the Blind Foundation offers Community Support Groups assistance and recognition.  We provide ongoing support, recognition, training and the opportunity to take up Associate Membership.

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 243 33 33 and ask for the Community Engagement Practice Leader or email communityengagement@blindfoundation.org.nz