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Community Driver - Blind Low Vision

Organisation:

Blind Low Vision NZ

Category:

Driving

Hours:

Both/Flexible

Locations:

Invercargill, Mosgiel, Cromwell

Blind Low Vision NZ (formally The Blind Foundation) is New Zealand’s main provider of practical and emotional support for over 14,000 Kiwis who are blind or have low vision, enabling them to face their future with confidence.

With a vision of ‘Life without limits – Kahore e Mutunga Ki te Ora’, BLVNZ staff, and volunteers, from around the country aim to enable people who are blind or have low vision to be self-reliant and live the life they choose. 

BLVNZ equip people with the skills needed to participate fully in society. This includes support in living independently, getting around, using technology, continuing to read and communicate, being socially active and staying in, or looking for, work. 

As a Driver for BLVNZ you will be:

  • Meeting and greeting members when you pick them up
  • Assisting clients to enter and exit the vehicle
  • Dropping members off at their chosen social activities and gatherings
  • Relating to clients of different backgrounds and cultures in a friendly and respectful manner
  • Using your own vehicle safe/roadworthy vehicle to take members to and from activities and social gatherings

Training provided:

  • Instruction is provided on engaging and interacting with low vision and blind persons

Benefits of volunteering:

  • The right person will gain a sense of satisfaction and personal reward in enabling the beneficiary to attend appointments and social events
  • Supporting Blind Low Vision NZ's vital work of helping people with sight loss to live the life they choose
  • Mileage reimbursement is available

Requirements

BLVNZ require volunteers who:

  • Have a Full current Drivers License and clean driving record
  • Have access to their own legal/roadworthy vehicle (WoF, Registration, Insurance)
  • Are reliable, personable, trustworthy, respectful and patient
  • Have good spoken communication skills
  • Can relate to clients of different ages, backgrounds and cultures
  • Are flexible and adaptable
  • Have a neat and tidy dress appearance

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

  • The time Commitment is usually Flexible
    (some appointments require regular assignments that may be negotiated re availability)
  • A Longer term commitment desired

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

Ref: 1852


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