Gillian Parker’s motivation behind ‘lending a hand’ at the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) New South Wales’ Hunter region branch is simple – she wanted to “help make a difference”.
“I have worked in vision services before and I wanted to come back and help make a difference in supporting people with low vision,” Gillian says.
As the RSB’s services increase, so too has the need for volunteer support.
The RSB Hunter branch is now encouraging passionate people, like Gillian, to join its volunteering team.
From providing transport for clients’ eye appointments to office administration and assisting with fundraising events, RSB volunteers are given the opportunity to support the not-for-profit organisation in a number of ways.
Opportunities also exist for students seeking work experience in fields such as occupational therapy, social work, orientation and mobility, adaptive technology, low vision aids, and marketing and fundraising.
Nearly one month into her volunteering role at RSB Hunter, Gillian helps with administration work, client social activities, as well as some fundraising activities.
The RSB volunteer experience has been rewarding for Gillian, who encourages others to also “give it a go”.
“Volunteering with the RSB gives me something to do where I’m needed, and I feel like I’m contributing to something really worthwhile,” she says.
“I would say don’t be afraid to give it a go – it’s good fun, very interesting and you meet new people all the time.”
Kate Davies, RSB Hunter Programs Officer and Volunteers Coordinator, describes RSB volunteers as an “invaluable” part of the team.
“They help us create a strong community that provides ongoing support to our clients, and our clients really appreciate their involvement,” Kate says.
Many areas of critical need for people who are blind or vision impaired have been identified in the Hunter region, including specialist counselling, in-home support and independent advice on specialist equipment, particularly for older Australians.
To support those who are blind or vision impaired in the Hunter region, become an RSB volunteer by sending your expressions of interest directly to the RSB’s Hunter office:
Post or in person: 151 Lambton Road, Broadmeadow NSW 2292
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (02) 4956 2282
For more information on volunteer services at RSB Hunter, contact Kate Davies, RSB Hunter Programs Officer and Volunteers Coordinator on (02) 4956 2282.
Royal Society for the Blind
The Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) is a not-for-profit organisation providing services to South Australians who have a severe vision impairment. These services are delivered by a professional, committed and highly qualified team supported by volunteers, drawn from all age groups and walks of life.
Blindness or vision impairment can have a severe impact on a person's lifestyle. The RSB is here to assist people to overcome their vision impairment and participate independently in the community.
The quality and effectiveness of our services is assessed annually through independent client surveys. As our results show, we have continued to provide a high level of client satisfaction over a sustained period of time.
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