RNIB's Request For Support

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is looking for specialists in IT, and for one-to-one trainers who can help others become familiar with 'getting online'. They are looking to build a small team in the Portsmouth and Isle of Wight area, as part of RNIB’s "Technology Support Squad".

The number of people aged 65 and over accessing the internet has risen by more than a quarter in the past year, driven by a three-fold increase in the use of tablet computers to go online. 

But what if you are affected by sight loss? It's just the same! There are thousands of gadgets that can make living with sight loss easier. Being able to use computers, mobile phones and other gadgets for work and leisure are key tools for blind and partially sighted people. Keeping in contact in rural areas where transport and lack of facilities create additional challenges. Access to technology is even more important.

Many people rely on friends and family helping them out, especially in setting up new equipment, when it doesn’t work as expected, or simply with advice in getting the most out of the technology. It's just the same for people with sight loss.

This is where you can help us. Are you, or someone you know, good with technology and with a few hours to spare each month to visit people at home? We are also looking for a volunteer, perhaps who isn’t so keen on travelling, who could coordinate the service locally to make sure the right help is provided.

If you yourself or someone you know would be interested in helping, please contact with Pip Harris, RNIB Volunteering Team, on 0330 1190623 or pip.harris@rnib.org.uk
Blog IET Solent Network 26/05/2015 11:03am BST


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