Volunteer from your computer

Ways of helping other people right now without leaving the house. All you need
is a smartphone, tablet or computer.

be my eyes

Help a blind or partially sighted person carry out simple tasks by being their eyes to help with simple daily tasks, such as reading instructions, checking a use by date or allergens in a list of ingredients or just describing a picture. If you’re busy, don’t worry, someone else will take the call. Just download the app from www.bemyeyes.com

Become a citizen scientist.

Cancer treatment research scientists have
developed a mobile phone game, which actually enables you to analyse data for them from previous patients in a way which can’t be done automatically by a computer. Just by playing a game and checking images, you can help patients make decisions on future treatment. See the Cancer Research UK webpage for details at www.cancerresearchuk.org/get-involved/citizen-science

donate a photo

Do you like taking and sharing interesting photos? Yes, pets, selfies, images that make you smile, share them on the Donate A Photo website and Johnson & Johnson give US$1 to a cause you care about. Causes already supported include emergency relief, health, the environment and global disease challenges. There are a lot of US causes, but some global ones too. See more at www.donateaphoto.com

United Nations World Food Programme

Support the United Nations World Food Programme online. Just answer a few quiz questions when you have time and World Food Programme sponsors donate the cash equivalent of 10 grains of rice for every answer you get right. This helps feed people around the world suffering hunger as a result of war and
the climate emergency. Visit freerice.com to take part.

Read a talking newspaPER

Talking Newspapers regularly provide blind and visually impaired people with news articles from the Bromsgrove and Redditch local papers. During the Covid-19 outbreak the organisers of the newspapers can no longer use their recording studio and all the news items have to be recording from home. Could you spare a little time to be on a rota to read aloud  around 6 news articles every few weeks to keep visually impaired people in touch with what’s going on in their local area?

To be a reader, you need to have a clear, expressive and reassuring voice. You will also need to have your own laptop or computer and be able to download and use a recording package (full instructions will be provided to help you do this). You will create digital files of yourself reading the news items to send to an editor to upload to the Talking Newspapers app. You will just need a small, quiet room in your house where you won’t be disturbed while you make the recording.

There is also a new volunteer role to select and distribute news items to the readers. This involves using the Snipping Tool in Windows or Grab for Mac computers to make digital cuttings to send to the weekly newsreaders.  If you know or could quickly learn how to do this, you could join the rota to help out and keep this service running.

For more information contact Brian Becker on 01527 401383 or email tobrianbecker@gmail.com.

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