RIDBC celebrates volunteers during International Volunteer Day

20 year old, Naomi, volunteers at RIDBC Garfield Barwick School

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) would like to thank its valued volunteers on International Volunteer Day, 5 December.

In 2016, volunteers contributed over 20,000 hours of work to RIDBC. Over 970 people volunteered through RIDBC fundraising clubs and committees, with another 210 contributing to RIDBC’s clinical and educational services or in administrative positions.

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

20 year old Cherrybrook resident, Naomi, volunteers at RIDBC Garfield Barwick School which caters for school-age students from Kindergarten to Year 6 who have significant hearing loss.

“I chose to volunteer at RIDBC because I wish to have a career in audiology and wanted to learn more about how people with hearing loss communicate,” said Naomi. “The practical experience I have gained over the last two and a half years has been invaluable - I have learnt so much about teaching children with a hearing impairment.”

Naomi helps in the classroom with arts and crafts, cooking classes and educational activities every week.

“Volunteering at RIDBC has become the highlight of my week,” said Naomi. “As a classroom volunteer, my role is all about being an extra pair of hands and set of eyes in the classroom. I really enjoy seeing the children every Friday and listening to all the fun things they have done throughout the week.”

Naomi encourages other young people to volunteer.

“The staff and teachers are so appreciative of their volunteers, and are forever thanking me,” said Naomi. “I love volunteering and would definitely encourage anyone interested to give it a go – it’s so rewarding.”

RIDBC volunteers assist with a variety of tasks including; classroom tasks, formatting material for vision impaired children, gardening, administration, fundraising and transport.

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

To find out more about volunteering at RIDBC visit www.ridbc.org.au/volunteers or call 02 9872 0350.