National Volunteer Week

Jean CorfieldJean Corfield has volunteered with RIDBC for amost five years

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) would like to thank its more than 250 registered volunteers during National Volunteer Week, May 14 – 20.

The volunteering program at RIDBC plays a vital role in ensuring that RIDBC staff can continue to deliver services to children living with hearing or vision loss both locally, and across Australia.

“Volunteering is vital to RIDBC – it is central to our culture and to our ability to provide services. RIDBC’s volunteers generously give their time both at the North Rocks campus and at our other sites. Their contribution is invaluable, and we thank them for their ongoing support,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

Baulkham Hills resident, Jean Corfield, volunteers at RIDBC Early Learning Program (Hearing Impairment). This program caters for children with hearing loss from birth to 6 years of age.
“I started volunteering for RIDBC when I saw an advertisement in the paper looking for a driver. I had just retired and thought it would be a nice thing to do with my spare time,” said Jean.

That was nearly five years ago, and Jean has been a committed volunteer ever since.

“Even when they didn’t need a driver anymore, there was always something else to do. I was more than happy to help in whatever way I could, so I put my hand up when they needed more help,” said Jean.

“I do anything that might be needed, whether that be sitting in on playgroups or helping prepare morning tea for the kids. I volunteer two or three times a week but it doesn’t feel like a big commitment because I enjoy my time at RIDBC so much.

“As a charity, RIDBC really does rely on all the community support it receives, and as a volunteer you get to build wonderful relationships with the staff. You’re also constantly learning – you learn something new every day you work here. There is always something new to do, and it’s a joy because you know that you’re helping children and families who really rely on the services of RIDBC.”

RIDBC volunteers assist in a variety of tasks including; classroom support, formatting material for vision impaired children, gardening, administration, fundraising and transport. If you want to support RIDBC by volunteering contact RIDBC Volunteer Coordinator, Elise Taylor on (02) 9872 0345.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) provides a wide range of quality, innovative services and educational programs for children with hearing and/or vision loss, from the first weeks of  life, right through their teenage years.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in the lives of children with hearing or vision loss.  In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.