DeafBlind Association (NSW)

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Volunteer with us - volunteering is fun, as well as being so fulfilling seeing the pleasure Deafblind people get from activities. I really recommend it to all!

DBA NSW provides services which enable people with deafblindness to participate in social activities, connect with the community, obtain information and advocate on their own behalf. 

We need volunteers who want to make a difference to support our deafblind members access these services. Our volunteers find that helping people with deafblindness is very satisfying, as our members are so receptive to all assistance given, and really appreciate the interaction. Volunteer training is run twice a year as well as further ‘on the job’ training, so be assured that you will never be expected to do anything without support.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Guide Deafblind people on monthly social group outings, and where possible communicate with them. These are fun all day outings to various venues chosen by Deafblind people.
  • Support people with deafblindness on an annual camp.
  • Drive hired buses to take people on these outings.
  • Drive your own car to bring members to the DBA office and return them home when required.

DBANSW is a voluntary organisation and we receive limited government funding, so we also need to raise funds to support our services. Volunteers can:

  • Help at Bunnings Sausage Sizzles at various locations throughout the year including Ashfield, Lidcombe and Northmead.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION GROUP!

If you love using technologies such as smartphones and computers, and you enjoy supporting other people to learn, we would love to hear from you.

We have a small group of members with different degrees of hearing loss and sight loss are currently seeking help to practice technologies. The two-hour session is from 10:15 am - 12:15 pm on the 3rd Friday of each month at 29 Burwood Rd, Concord NSW. Our group has been running for more than a year now.

This is a challenging but highly rewarding volunteering role – you will “see” things through the “eyes” of people with deafblindness. You will have unique opportunities to practice multiple ways of communication. More importantly, this may change the life of people with deafblindness, as mastering technology brings unmeasurable possibilities. In return, our members may also teach you some Auslan signs, fingerspelling, braille skills as well as the hidden functions of a smartphone and secret apps.

Whether you have relevant experience or not, your involvement will be invaluable.

We will find suitable tasks that suit your passion and ability. We're sure your participation will enhance inclusion and bring us new ideas for communication, technology and social integration.

We look forward to meeting you and learning more about each other. Drop-ins are also welcome.

*Art and Craft group start from 1 pm on the same days, volunteers are also wanted.

Contact: Janne Bidenko, dbansw@bigpond.com and 0432 570 210

 Please Note: All volunteers need to have a current Criminal History Check.