DeafBlind Association (NSW)

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Volunteer with us

DBA NSW provides vital services which enable deafblind people to participate in social activities, connect with the community, obtain information and advocate on their own behalf. This is even more important with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

We need people who want to make a difference to help our deafblind members access these services. Our volunteers find that helping deafblind people 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 training ‘on the job’, 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 Deafblind people on an annual camp.
  • Drive hired buses to take people on these outings.
  • Drive your own car to bring deafblind people to the DBA office and return them home when required.

DBANSW is a voluntary organisation and we receive no 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 North Parramatta.
  •  Sell raffle tickets twice a year before Christmas and Deafblind Awareness Week – the last week of June (Helen Keller Week).
  • Approach stores seeking prizes for these raffles (if you have the panache!).

We also need

  • A volunteer with an understanding of financial matters and Reckon bookkeeping software to help our Deafblind Treasurer in the office.
  • A new pro-bono auditor, as our previous auditor has retired.