Could you help people with sight loss experience how the internet could enhance their lives?

InternetAre you able to help people with sight loss explore the options of getting on-line? Imagine how being able to access the internet could enhance their lives. Could you share your knowledge and enthusiasm to help people engage with technology? The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) needs volunteers to show people how to use a computer, tablet or smart phone to get on-line.

Volunteers with great communication skills, patience and an interest in everyday computing technology are needed to support local blind and partially-sighted people who are feeling isolated from the benefits of these technologies, which we take for granted.

The RNIB delivers group training and demonstrations, and visits people in their own homes to help them with basic on-line skills.

“I was a guy who loved his computer, I used Blackberry products and was into social media, but in 2011 I suddenly lost my sight. Thanks to RNIB, within a couple of months I had an opportunity to learn how to use a screen reader on my laptop with a tutor. Four years on, I have a new computer and the staff at RNIB Scotland have advised me on technology that I’ve found much easier to use and provided me with lots of advice. RNIB has been a great source of information and support.”

Ian White, 52, Ayrshire

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About the project

Online Today is a new Big Lottery funded project led by RNIB, delivered in partnership, to help people with sensory loss across the UK get online.

Technology can make life easier for people with hearing or sight problems, but knowing where to start isn’t always easy. Online Today will ensure people with sight loss have access to the same opportunities as everyone else.  We want to help people gain basic skills to get online and feel confident using technology in their everyday lives. From browsing websites and sending emails, to keeping in touch with family and friends and up to date with news and leisure interests.

Visit the RNIB website for more information on how we can help.