Uganda National Association of the Blind (UNAB) promotes career development of students and persons with visual impairment through internship and Volunteering programmes so as to enable them experience the world of work. For recent graduates and fresh recruits who lack experience, volunteering makes them easily access mainstream employment. However, this requires that they undergo supervised training with the organisation. UNAB can also tap into her well-built volunteers for human resources where need arises.
The organisation select volunteers to work in different departments in the organisation. The selected volunteers are placed under a project officer in the organisation or at the district office where UNAB operates. These include: the UNAB Head office, Masindi, Hi-tech and Kumi and therefore a total of 4 to 6 volunteers are taken in at a time. All volunteers have an initial contract of six months. The volunteers are required to learn as well as contribute to the organisation’s vision and mission.
The key areas where volunteers work are:
- Programme development and implementation;
- Research and documentation;
- Advocacy and communication;
- Administration and Resource mobilisation
The proposed criteria awarding volunteer ships are based on the following.
- Ability to demonstrate a commitment to the principles of volunteering and to that of Uganda National Association of the Blind (UNAB) values and Mission statement.
- Demonstrated administrative and records management skills.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication and relationship building skills.
- The ability to travel intrastate to meet the requirements of the role.
- Requirement of any academic qualification in relation to the area of work.
- Provide the names of 2 Referees. Referees must have worked with you, or supervised you, within the last 5 years.
Uganda National Association of the Blind (UNAB) recommend that: “All professionals and volunteers working in this charity organisation should receive comprehensive training and support”
This preparation program was created as a major aspect of Family Support Volunteering, a pilot venture which expected to test the attainability of utilizing volunteers to give handy help to people with sight problem. The venture meant to test diverse models of volunteering in a scope of intentional and statutory administrations and urge every one of us to reconsider the job of the volunteer in this division. Together for affordable Lives and, Volunteering Matters. The pilot was started and co-financed by our partner with our donors.
The aim of the training programme is to:
- Ensure a consistent approach to preparing volunteers for their roles.
- Enable volunteers to be confident, safe and effective in their role in providing high quality support to people with sight problem and their families.
- Offer personal development opportunities for volunteers.
The people with sight problem and their families depend on a system of numerous amazing and priceless administrations which make up Uganda National Association of the Blind (UNAB) services accessible over the Uganda charity facilities, sight saver suppliers, instructors, wish-creators, specialists, analysts, kin laborers, loss advocates – and many, some more.
Volunteers are an important part of these teams, bringing a valuable additional contribution to families in terms of social and practical support, occupying a unique place between the professional and family caregivers.