Kingston Upon Thames Association for the Blind

Current Vacancies

Please see below for our current vacancies. If you are interested in any of the roles and would like to have an informal chat then please contact the office on 0208 605 0060 or email [email protected]

Fundraising Volunteer

Information Technology Volunteer

Eye Buddy Volunteer

Fundraising Volunteer

We are looking for a Fundraising Volunteer, who can help broaden our fundraising efforts.

A volunteer who is passionate about blind and partially sighted people’s health and wellbeing, with a commitment to helping KAB achieve their income goals.

The Fundraising Volunteer tasks include:

· Research potential funding opportunities and pull together a compelling case for support and help us to successfully apply for funding to help deliver our invaluable services and cover our core costs.
· Maintain a schedule of all grant funding considered, highlighting deadlines, amounts being sought and status on applications and payment timings.
· Timely preparation of grant application and coordinate review and approval process by the Chairman and Treasurer.
· Timely submission of grants within the deadlines for the respective grants being targeted.

The following qualities and skills are desirable but not essential:

· Successful track record of professional fundraising.
· Excellent written communication skills and an ability to build strong relationships and tell compelling stories will be invaluable.
· Numerate and good understanding of financial matters
· Comfortable with speaking to strangers and networking to help build our reach and community engagement.
· Creative person who can formulate solid fundraising ideas, help with awareness and fundraising campaigns, and who can bring a different perspective to the conversation.
· Self‐motivated and able to prioritise a busy workload.

What difference will you make?

The impact you will have is strengthening existing relationships, helping identify new opportunities, building new relationships and helping KAB fund the essential services we provide to the blind and partially sighted living in the borough of Kingston upon Thames.

You will help to increase our sustainability and raise our profile across the borough so more people know how to access our services and how

they can support KAB in whatever way they feel able. The opportunity to help us continue to provide and develop our services for years to come.

We would welcome input varying from as little as 4 – 6 hours per week.

Information Technology Volunteer

We are looking for an Information Technology Volunteer to assist successfully in technology support to our visually impaired and blind members.
The Information Technology Volunteer tasks include:
· Provide support with any tech issues to service users this may include home visits or over the phone.
· Support with the implementation and use of assistive technologies to meet service users accessibility needs.
· Troubleshooting.
· Ensure security and privacy of networks and computer systems.
The following qualities and skills are desirable but not essential:
· Good networking and communication skills: phone, face to face, email
· IT skills/knowledge to enable support to service users.
· Computer access remotely.
· Knowledge of assistive technology e.g., Voice Recognition software.
· Good problem-solving skills.
· Marketing/promotional experience.
· Previous volunteering experience or work with disabled or older people.
· Good knowledge of internet security and data privacy.
What difference will you make?
Many blind and partially sighted, disabled people and older people struggle to get the most from technology and need encouragement from a trustworthy helpful person to offer independent advice and day to day tech support.
Computers can help gain independence, prevent isolation and keep people connected with family, friends, shopping and so much more. When something goes wrong with their technology suddenly all this is taken away, and you can help to give it back.
We would welcome input varying from as little as 3-4 hours per week.

Eye Buddy Volunteer

Eye Buddy and Telephone Befriending Volunteers - Kingston Association for the Blind (KAB)

We are looking for Eye Buddy and Telephone Befriending Volunteers over the age of 18, who are committed to visit or telephone a client once a week, sometimes once a fortnight, on a regular basis.

Volunteers who are enthusiastic and feel passionate about blind and partially sighted people’s health and wellbeing.

Eye Buddy and Telephone Befriending Volunteer tasks include:

· Good communication skills.

· Effective listening skills with patience and empathy.

· Friendly and supportive.

· Keeping regular contact with a blind or partially sighted client to reduce isolation either by visiting in their home or over the phone at agreed mutual date/time weekly or fortnightly.

· Establish client interests, encourage an older person to meet other people and be less lonely.

· Ensure a person with mobility problems can benefit from attending social activities or lunch club by organising transport.

· Tasks either include popping in for a chat over a cup of tea/coffee, taking client shopping, for a walk, reading post, organising paperwork, writing letters, sewing, help with technology or general handyperson e.g., changing light bulbs.

· Confidentiality

· Ensure any concerns are reported to KAB.

The following qualities and skills are desirable but not essential:

· Commitment to client between 6 months to 1 year.

· Previous volunteering experience or work with blind and partially sighted and older people.

· Assertive and articulate making calls on client’s behalf to sort out a problem, when they do not feel confident to do so, themselves.

· Driver would be an advantage but is not essential.

What difference will you make?

This opportunity puts you at the heart of supporting blind and partially sighted, elderly people in our community. A chance to make a huge difference to people living with sight-loss in the borough of Kingston upon Thames.

Also, the opportunity to help us continue to provide and develop our services for years to come.

We would welcome input varying from as little as 1 – 2 hours per week.