Char­ity in ra­dio stars plea to help blind peo­ple

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A LEAD­ING na­tional char­ity is ap­peal­ing for vol­un­teers to come for­ward and help the blind and par­tially sighted peo­ple it sup­ports par­tic­u­larly in the Sefton area.

Bri­tish Wire­less for the Blind Fund (BWBF) is the only char­ity pro­vid­ing spe­cially-adapted ra­dios to blind and par­tiallysighted peo­ple across the UK.

For those who would not other­wise be able to af­ford this type of equip­ment, they of­fer a range of de­vices on free loan for as long as the re­cip­i­ents need the sup­port.

The char­ity is look­ing for a ra­dio sup­port vol­un­teer across the re­gion.

Their role would in­volve vis­it­ing peo­ple with sight loss in their homes through­out the area, in­stall their new ra­dio and teach them how to use it as well as pro­vide on­go­ing sup­port where needed.

The role would also in­volve a small amount of ad­min work.

The char­ity says it needs peo­ple who are pa­tient, who are good communicators, have some IT knowl­edge (but this isn’t es­sen­tial), and hold a full clean driv­ing li­cence with ac­cess to a ve­hi­cle.

In ad­di­tion, a full DBS check will be re­quired for any vol­un­teer­ing po­si­tion with BWBF.

Mileage and ex­penses will be re­im­bursed and full train­ing and sup­port will be pro­vided by the char­ity.

BWBF re­gional devel­op­ment man­ager, Steven Poole, said: “Vol­un­teer­ing re­ally is a great way of giv­ing back to your com­mu­nity and there are so many par­tially sighted and blind peo­ple of Sefton who are wait­ing to re­ceive their ra­dio from us to give them a life­line to the out­side world.

“This role is a great op­por­tu­nity for some­one to gain valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence within a na­tional char­ity.

“If you have re­tired and are look­ing for some­thing to fill your time or just look­ing to im­prove your em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, then vol­un­teer­ing gives you a host of trans­fer­able skills and shows you have a drive and pas­sion to make a dif­fer­ence.”

The ra­dios are pro­vided on free loan to those reg­is­tered blind or par­tially sighted, over the age of eight, res­i­dent in the UK and in re­ceipt of in­com­ere­lated ben­e­fits.

If you are in­ter­ested in the role, please contact Steven on steven@blind.org.uk or phone 07969 038 084.

To find out more about Bri­tish Wire­less for the Blind Fund, go to www.blind.org.uk

You can also keep up to date with BWBF on Twit­ter @ Bri­tishWire­less and like us on Face­book.

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