Volunteering FAQ

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Why does Vision Australia rely on the support of volunteers?

Vision Australia’s reason for being is to support people who are blind or have low vision to live the life they choose. We are a not for profit organisation that relies on the generosity of our community to support our important work.  

The skills, knowledge and enthusiasm that volunteers bring to our organisation allows Vision Australia to continue to provide a broad range of high quality, person centred services to clients, their families and the community.

What are the Values of Vision Australia?

Our values define us as an organisation; they guide our interactions with each other and govern how we work. We are accountable for our actions and model our values at all times. These values apply equally to all our workforce members- both paid and volunteer.

Person Centred: We measure our success in terms of outcomes for clients.
Accountable: We hold ourselves responsible for what we do and don't do.
Collaborative: We work together and with others to deliver the best possible outcomes.
Commercially Focused: We work efficiently and responsibly to sustain and grow our organisation.
Agile: We adapt, learn and innovate to ensure a positive impact

What are the services Vision Australia provide?

Vision Australia provides services in 3 core areas: Accessible Information, Advocacy and Personalised Services. For more information on the range of our services visit our Living with Blindness and Low Vision section.

Who can volunteer?

Vision Australia accepts volunteers from 12 years of age onwards. Volunteers are matched to roles based on their skills, knowledge and interests.

What is the typical volunteer time commitment at Vision Australia?

We have volunteers who volunteer with us once a year at events such as Carols by Candlelight, some who volunteer on a more regular basis: weekly, fortnightly or monthly and those who volunteer for ongoing, longer term commitments such as Puppy Carers.

General Information

During the course of your duties you may come into contact with Seeing Eye Dogs.
 
All volunteers are expected to undertake a screening and training process prior to commencement with the organisation and to undertake refresher training on a regular basis.

All new Volunteers will be offered the opportunity to attend a Workforce Induction session at one of our flagship centres and to meet members of the Vision Australia Leadership Group during this day.

What volunteering opportunities are available at Vision Australia for me?

You can volunteer to work in many areas such as: administration, client support, community advocacy and education, events, fundraising, library, recreation, radio, Seeing Eye Dogs and transport.

We value working collaboratively, so if you have any ideas or particular skills you would like to contribute please discuss with your local Coordinator of Volunteers.


 

Visit current volunteer opportunities for volunteer vacancies. Contact us by emailing volunteer@visionaustralia.org or call 1300 84 74 66 to discuss other ways you can support Vision Australia.

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