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Become a Volunteer

Volunteers play a fundamental role at RIDBC – they are an integral part of our organisation and increase our ability to achieve our objectives. Join a team of more than 250 volunteers and help support RIDBC services across all of our sites.

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RIDBC Book & Community Fair volunteers

Why volunteer at RIDBC?

Alongside making a difference in the lives of people with a sensory impairment, a volunteer role with RIDBC is a great way to:

  • Maintain or develop workplace skills
  • Increase your confidence
  • Explore new challenges
  • Contribute to the support of children with sensory impairment
  • Get opportunities for work experience
  • Participate in annual volunteer functions
  • Find opportunities for social interaction
  • Get library membership to RIDBC Ridge Family Library
  • Enjoy ‘on the job’ training and a supportive environment.

How can I get involved?

There are a number of ways you can support RIDBC as a volunteer:

Become a general volunteer

General volunteers come from a broad cross-section of the community and work in a variety of areas including proofreading, archiving, clerical work, library, classrooms, special events and gardening.

Assist with fundraising events and tasks

Fundraising volunteers assist with a variety of events and clerical tasks that support RIDBC’s Fundraising & Development team. Over 1,500 volunteers are members of our fundraising committees through our clubs and auxiliaries. Other volunteers at RIDBC include our Board of Directors and Ambassadors. You may also wish to volunteer by joining a fundraising group here.

Volunteer with your colleagues

Corporate volunteers are valued partners in supporting RIDBC’s activities. Corporate teams may volunteer for half or full-day projects, including assisting at school events, gardening, painting, cleaning and other general maintenance tasks.

Communications internships assist the media and communications team in publicising key fundraising events for RIDBC and help you gain excellent work experience as you embark on your career in PR or communications.

Become a garden club member

RIDBC Garden Club members help plan and manage the gardens at North Rocks. It’s a great way to meet new people.