RIDBC celebrates NSW Seniors Festival

Lois, has volunteered at RIDBC VisionEd for fifteen years

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is celebrating the wonderful contribution of our senior community as part of NSW Seniors Festival, 1–10 April.

NSW Seniors Festival is an annual event to celebrate and recognise seniors for the role they play and the contributions they make to the NSW community.

At RIDBC we have volunteers of all ages assist with a variety of tasks including administration, classroom assistance, making resources, child minding, fundraising and events, helping RIDBC to continue to deliver life changing programs to children and adults with vision and hearing loss.

“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 and adults 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.

Lois, has volunteered at RIDBC VisionEd for fifteen years.

Before retiring, Lois worked as a draftsman’s tracer and she continues to put her skills to use by drawing braille diagrams to support students with vision loss to access the materials they need for school.

Lois volunteers in RIDBC’s Alternative Format Publications  (AFP) department 2 days a week, supporting the transcription of educational materials into braille and large print for young children and school students who have significant vision impairment. AFP  provides the alternative materials required by students receiving support through RIDBC School Support Service.  This service offers specialist educational services to independent schools to assist children with vision or hearing loss to fully and efficiently  access the mainstream school curriculum.

“I love volunteering because it gives me a chance to get away from my ordinary life and do something to help people,” said Lois. “It also gives me the opportunity to use my skills as a draftsman’s tracer, my vocation since I joined the workforce, to support children with vision loss to access the information they need to learn. It’s a wonderful feeling.”