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Sight loss charity calls for tech volunteers

A UK charity is calling for passionate technology enthusiasts to support its mission to reduce isolation for those living with sight loss. 

British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) provides specially designed audio devices to blind and partially sighted people across the country. The devices empower visually impaired people to listen to talking books, talking newspapers and much more, helping them to access essential information, and reducing day-to-day loneliness. 

The charity is seeking flexible technology support volunteers to spend four hours per week helping with a range of technology services that BWBF provides. Volunteers will work from home and will be responsible for conducting internet-based research to identify new content, updating internet streams to help BWBF further develop its service, and working with smart devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

Over the past two years, BWBF has delivered thousands of devices under the BWBFConnect service to better support vulnerable people during the pandemic, ensuring they could access news, information and a friendly voice at a time when many people were separated from their families. 

Sophie Jones, BWBF Regional Development Manager, said:

“We’re very excited to be able to offer this fantastic position, and we’re looking forward to chatting with interested volunteers who share our vision for a more social, more inclusive future. This role comes with many wonderful benefits, including a chance to gain in depth insights into how online radio and online audio is provided, learn more about audio streaming, and, of course, an opportunity to significantly enrich the lives of visually impaired communities across the UK.”

Experience in a previous role is not necessary. Instead, BWBF is searching for volunteers with good computer skills and basic technical knowledge who are passionate about making a difference and supporting isolated people with visual impairments. All necessary training and guidance will be provided. 

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