Services

Blind Welfare Association provides a range of services to its members such as financial assistance, social support, advocacy, welfare and accommodation services.

Financial Assistance

As a member of Blind Welfare, you could be eligible for financial assistance for a range of situations. For more information, please go to our financial assistance page

Transport

Transport to recreation activities run by the Social Centre at Cameron Ave, Gilles Plains and other venues can be provided to members who live within a 10km radius from the activity.

Our vehicles are driven by volunteers, and subject to availability. We may also be able to assist with transport to:

  • medical appointments
  • shopping, recreation
  • leisure activities.

for further information on how BWA can assist with your transport needs, please contact Jackie or Visa on phone 8367 6088 or email us on info@blindwelfare.org.au

The Blind Welfare Association has a terrific team of volunteers and is always looking for suitable people to join our organisation. Drivers in particular are urgently needed to assist with transport for members.

Volunteer driver standing in front of the BWA Bus

Transport Driver and BWA Bus

To become a volunteer driver go to the Volunteering page on this site, or contact Jackie our Volunteer Officer on ph 8367 6088.

Social Centre

Our social centre is located at 1 Cameron Avenue, Gilles Plains.

Our activities include:

  • Modified Tai Chi
  • Audio description movies
  • Social groups – concerts, outings, lunches etc
  • Writers’ group
  • Music appreciation/singing group
  • Other activities as identified or requested by members.

To find out what social activities are organised for term this term, you can read or download the social activities here.

For more information on our social centre  activities, please contact Trudy or Visa on  phone     8367 6088 or email us on info@blindwelfare.org.au

Home services

Due to the help we receive from a wonderful team of volunteers, BWA can offer the following range of home services to members:

  • Home visits for reading correspondence, social chit chat, and assistance with writing letters or filling forms.
  • Shopping escorts
  • Transport to medical appointments (1 weeks notice required for this).

Contact Jackie or Visa on ph. 8367 6088 or email us at info@blindwelfare.org.au for more information or if you would like some assistance.

Advocacy

If you feel that you want a person to negotiate or talk on your behalf, the Blind Welfare Association can direct you to an appropriate Advocacy Agency. Alternatively you may have a family member or friend who could be your advocate.

What is an Advocate?

Sometimes you may feel having someone represent and support you through an issue or problem is better than doing it alone. A person who provides such support is called an advocate.

What can we provide

Blind Welfare can provide advocacy in a number of areas. The intention of this service is to assist members to access or better understand the services that are available to them either through the Association itself or through other organisations or agencies.

Areas of advocacy support include:

  • Accommodation
  • Financial support
  • Health Needs
  • Individual Needs
  • Social and Sporting Groups
  • Government Agencies
  • Volunteer Organisations
  • Other Blind/Low Vision Organisations

Marney Pearce Technology Lounge

The Marney Pearce Technology Lounge is open to Blind Welfare members wishing to access computers offering access to JAWS, NVDA, Zoom Text, Dolphin Guide, the internet, Scanner Reader and Skype.

For more information please go to our technology lounge page