RIDBC celebrates National Volunteer Week

Toongabbie resident, Rosalene Jones, began volunteering at RIDBC Alice Betteridge School after she retired last year.

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is celebrating the wonderful contribution of our volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week 11 – 17 May. 

In 2014 volunteers contributed over 26,000 hours of work for RIDBC, with over 945 people volunteering through RIDBC fundraising clubs and committees and another 250 volunteers contributing to RIDBC’s clinical and educational services or in administrative positions.

“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 supporting RIDBC staff to continue to deliver services to children with hearing or vision loss both locally, and around Australia. Their contribution is invaluable, and we thank them for their ongoing support,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

Toongabbie resident, Rosalene Jones, began volunteering at RIDBC Alice Betteridge School after she retired last year.

RIDBC Alice Betteridge School caters for school-aged students with significant vision or hearing loss, as well as a level of intellectual impairment.

“My grandson attends RIDBC Alice Betteridge School and as a grandparent seeing firsthand the quality of care and education provided at the school - and experiencing the wonderful people and environment - it was a community I wanted to be a part of," said Rosalene.

“The interaction with the children is the highlight for me! For Mother’s Day each of the children had the opportunity to choose a gift for their mum from the school’s Mother’s Day stall and to share with us why they made that choice. It provided a wonderful tactile and sensory experience for the children with vision loss to feel, smell and understand what the gifts were, as well providing the educational opportunity for them to learn how to handle money by identifying  the markings on each coin.

“Having worked in busy roles for many years, I feel volunteering brings structure to my life after retirement. I feel I receive even more than I give by being a part of a caring community and seeing the benefit to the children.

“As part of National Volunteer Week I would like to encourage both young and old to volunteer. There is no limit to what you can do to help, no matter how big or small.”

RIDBC volunteers assist with a variety of tasks including; administration, classroom assistance, making resources, child minding, fundraising and events. To find out more visit www.ridbc.org.au/volunteers or call 02 9872 0345.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with hearing or vision loss, supporting thousands of adults, children and their families, each year.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives. To donate, go to ridbc.org.au/donate