Virtual Vision Mate
For Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, physical distancing can present a unique set of challenges that can contribute to feelings of isolation that many already experience on a daily basis.
During this unprecedented time, one of the easiest things we can do is reach out to each other to engage in friendly conversation and offer support.
To combat the negative ramifications that isolation can have on Canadians with sight loss, the CNIB Foundation has adapted one of its core program offerings, the Vision Mate program, to engage volunteers to connect virtually with participants by phone or online at least once a week.
With physical distancing measures in place, it can be difficult for people with sight loss to pick up their groceries and prescriptions. If you're willing to help, we'd love to hear from you. Together, we'll ensure our community stays connected.
Calgary & Edmonton - Partially office based, partially community based
Provide one-to-one technology training and support; for a person who is blind or partially sighted to increase their confidence and assist them to live the life they choose
Responsibilities & Tasks:
- Attend initial training meeting/session with Program Lead and client
- Set up a maximum of 5 follow-up sessions to take place in a community location or public space (for example: library, coffee shop, CNIB office space)
- Using training modules as a guide, work on training your client on how to use their iPhone or similar device along with the accessibility apps
- Provide reports to Program Lead on how training is going along with any requests for support
- Notify the client in advance if you will miss a scheduled appointment
- When a client needs more support, service, counseling or information then you can give, refer them back to Program Lead
- Track and report volunteer hours as directed
Anywhere: Initial training will be provided in Calgary & Edmonton with expansion to other areas of province.
To promote education on vision health, vision loss, and prevention. Share stories about the impact of vision loss, the abilities of blind and partially sighted Canadians and the role CNIB plays in their lives.
- Represent the CNIB Foundation to the general public and specific audiences including (but not limited to) community groups, corporations, schools senior centres, community health fairs and vision health professionals.
- Work with Program Lead to coordinate bookings and travel to events
- Share your personal experience with vision loss and CNIB's role.
- Set up display and demonstrate technical aids as required.
- Submit a brief report after each booking, including travel time, length of engagement, number of attendees and how it went.
CNIB has individuals waiting for a volunteer in all areas of our region. We will work with you to find a match that is convenient for you.
Vision Mates provide community-based support through one-on-one sighted assistance and companionship for a person who is blind or partially sighted.
Responsibilities & Tasks:
- Regularly visit a client in his/her home or other suitable environments at a mutually convenient time
- Activities are determined by client need and mutually agreed upon
- Some approved activities are: reading, organizing, walking, assisting with errands or outings, and friendly visiting