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]


CEO Kingston Association for Blind

Communications and Marketing Officer

Information Technology Volunteer

Eye Buddy Volunteer


CEO Charity: Kingston Association for the Blind (KAB)

Job title: CEO

Charity: Kingston Association for the Blind (KAB)
Location: Kingston Upon Thames and out and about in the Royal Borough of Kingston.
Salary: £40,000 to £42,000 depending on experience
Permanent, full time 35 Hours per week.

Job Description:

KAB is a small, ambitious charity whose Mission is ‘To empower people living with sight loss, to lead independent and fulfilled lives in the Royal borough of Kingston.’
The position of CEO is new, to reflect the charity's aspirations for the future. The main priority of the charity in the short and medium term is to achieve financial sustainability to ensure delivery of its services for blind and visually impaired people. This will be the main responsibility of the CEO who will be expected to create and implement a plan for future sustainability on commencement of duties. It is likely that this plan will include substantial applications to major funders. Support will be given in this process by the Board.

The post of CEO is an important link between the charity and its members, funders, and the Royal borough of Kingston services and Kingston Hospital Royal Eye Unit.

The post holder will have a solid track record of management and high value fundraising including grants and trusts, whilst possessing considerable energy and enthusiasm to attract a diverse spectrum of local blind and partially sighted people to use the charity’s services. The CEO will be persuasive verbally and in writing, using evidence-based approaches to inspire funders to support Kingston Association for the Blind.

Location

The CEO will be based in our office in Kingston town centre and involves being out and about in the borough.

To apply

Please send your CV along with a covering letter (no more than two pages) explaining how you meet the criteria in the job description and person specification, and why you want to work for KAB.

Please email to [email protected]

If you have any queries please ring Kevin White on 07984 294426.

The closing date is Monday 19th September. Shortlisted candidates will be notified during week commencing 26th September, with interviews being held week commencing 3rd October.

The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

KAB is an equal opportunities employer.


Job title: Communications and Marketing Officer

Charity: Kingston Association for the Blind (KAB)
Location: Kingston Upon Thames and out and about in the Royal Borough of Kingston.
Salary: £20,000 to £21,000 p.a. pro rata depending on experience
Part time: 20 hours/week, one year contract initially

KAB is working in partnership with RNIB’s ‘See Work Differently’ employment initiative, we therefore actively encourage applications from blind and partially sighted people.

Job Description:

KAB is a small, ambitious charity whose Mission is ‘To empower people living with sight loss, to lead independent and fulfilled lives in the Royal borough of Kingston.’
The position of Communications and Marketing Office is new, to reflect the charity's aspirations for the future. Keeping the VI community connected and informed is a key element of the Charity’s vision. The Communications and Marketing Officer is an important link between the charity and the local community. Having responsibility for marketing and communications (alongside the CEO), the postholder will require good knowledge and experience of these whilst possessing considerable energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to inspire the Visual Impaired Community to become more independent and fulfilled and so potential donors and funders choose Kingston Association for the Blind as their preferred charity to support.
The purpose of this role is to ensure that people living with sight loss in the Royal Borough of Kingston are kept up to date and connected with each other, so they are aware of the resources, and services available to them from KAB and from other service providers and to raise the charity profile to assist KAB in generating the financial resources to deliver its Mission. They will work closely with, and be supported by, the CEO and other staff.
Although the team is small, we have big ambitions to improve the lives of people living with sight loss in the Royal Borough of Kingston, and we are passionate about the members we support. The ideal candidate will have an outgoing personality, be a motivated, self-confident, self-starter who is able to work with minimal supervision

Location

The Communications and Marketing Officer will be based in our office in Kingston town centre and involves being out and about in the borough.

To apply

Please send your CV along with a covering letter (no more than two pages) explaining how you meet the criteria in the job description and person specification, and why you want to work for KAB.
Please email to [email protected]
If you have any queries please ring Kevin White on 07984 294426.
The closing date is Monday 26th September. Shortlisted candidates will be notified during week commencing 3rd October, with interviews being held week commencing 10th October.
The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.
KAB is an equal opportunities employer. **


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.



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