Community and Support

Being blind, deafblind or having low vision can be challenging, but emotional support and opportunities to connect with others on a similar journey can be a great comfort.


Telefriend is a peer support service for people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision and their caregivers, family and friends.

It offers the chance to talk to others who understand from their own lived experience.

Staffed by trained volunteers with lived experience, Telefriend is a caring and confidential service.

The phone line is staffed from Monday to Friday between 1pm and 4pm. Outside these hours, callers can leave a message, and we will return the call.

Call for a friendly chat on 0800 100 051. The team would love to hear from you!

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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 whānau, local health professionals and others interested in supporting our work. They are involved in many different activities which bring people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision together and create community connections.

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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.

The Blind Low Vision NZ Sport and Leisure crew is always keen to hear about your 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 already happening, get in touch!

A group of clients on a kayaking adventure

Support from volunteers

We’re lucky to have a community of volunteers who are integral to our team. We couldn’t do what we do; without them! Wherever possible, our volunteers assist with a variety of activities. Volunteers also get involved with fundraising, Guide Dog Services, Library services, and 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 opportunities page.

Get in touch

If you’d like to talk to one of our team about what support is available in your community, please get in touch by calling our Contact Centre on 0800 24 33 33.

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