Blind Citizens Australia Sydney Branch Mid-Year Function

Blind Citizens Australia Sydney Branch warmly invites you to our mid-year social function.

When: Sunday 21 July 2019
Time: 11.30 AM arrival for a 12 PM start with a finish time of 4 PM

Location: Croydon park club
Address: 55 Seymour Street, Croydon Park, Sydney NSW
Phone: 02 8741 288

NOTE: information regarding transport options is available from the Sydney Branch using the contact details included below.

Cost: $35 per person

This includes a 2 course meal (main and dessert) and coffee.

Other drinks will be available from the bar at additional cost.


Activities on the day will include:

  • We Remember – a Tribute to people in Sydney who have played an important role in changing what it means to be blind who have recently past
  • BCA update
  • Trivia
  • A chance for members to display their talent through live entertainment
  • Opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones


For catering purposes, payment is required prior to the event.

RSVPs must be received by the BCA Office no later than close of business on Thursday, 11 July 2019.

Phone: 1800 033 660.

IMPORTANT NOTE: RSVPs and payments cannot be received after the July 11 deadline.  Nor can refunds be made after that date.

Payment Options

Payment can be made using a credit card, or via direct deposit into the Sydney Branch bank account. Call BCA for further details on 1800 033 660.

When contacting the BCA Office to RSVP, you can pay via credit card providing relevant details (card type, number and expiry date).

Need More Information?

For more information regarding the up-coming function, or to express interest in assisting us with entertainment on the day, please contact BCA Sydney Branch via email:
Or call 0407 492 102

We hope you can join us on July 21 for what promises to be an enjoyable event.

Sondra Wibberley
Blind Citizens Australia Sydney Branch

Life Ready Program

Life Ready focusses on developing your independence and skills to empower you to live the life you choose.

Life Ready will consist of a series of interactive teleconferences throughout the beginning of 2019 and participants will then have the opportunity to participate in an immersion weekend where they will be supported by peers to develop the practical skills related to living an independent life.

This program will cover the following topics:

  • Accessing the support you need to get the most out of your Education
  • Careers: looking for work and succeeding at work
  • The benefits of peer support and the role a mentor can play in your life
  • Moving out of home and living independently
  • Getting out into the community and participating in mainstream sport, recreational and cultural events
  • Accessing a variety of supports and services
  • Tools for self advocacy

Blind Citizens Australia recognises that vision can change at any age and that acquiring independent living skills is a lifelong process. This program is suitable for anyone who will be over the age of 18 by April 2019.

If you would like to participate in the Life Ready program it is expected that you will participate in all of the teleconferences and the immersion weekend as well as an evaluation process at the conclusion of the project.

For more information about the program or if you require assistance to complete your application, please call Sally on 1800 033 660.

Peer Mentoring and Leadership Training

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Peer Mentoring

In 2019, Blind Citizens Australia will be offering interested members the opportunity to participate in a series of Peer Mentoring training teleconferences. This will also include support as candidates begin to act as mentors within the community.

The training will involve the following topic areas:

  1. What is Peer Mentoring?
  2. Communication – Listen, hear and learn
  3. Express yourself
  4. Perspectives
  5. Practice Makes Perfect
  6. Lights Camera Advocacy
  7. Putting it all together

We are excited to share this training opportunity which will strengthen the resources within the community and empower people to support and encourage others.

If you are someone who is eager to share your knowledge and skills with others, or you would like to develop your capacity as a peer to peer mentor we want to hear from you.

If you have any further questions or would like assistance to complete your expression of interest, please contact Naomi on 1800 033 660.

At the conclusion of the Peer Mentor training, Blind Citizens Australia will also run a Leadership Development project.


In 2019, Blind Citizens Australia will be offering interested members the opportunity to participate in a series of leadership training teleconferences and a leadership immersion event.

We value the role of our members as leaders within our community. This training is a wonderful opportunity for you to leverage leadership skills to use in your personal, professional or social capacities. Whether you want to lead a group, a project, take on a management or leadership role at work or are considering Board opportunities. This training could benefit you!

The areas of training covered will include:

  1. Leadership and Communication
  2. Public Speaking and Presenting to an Audience
  3. Behaviours and Motivation
  4. Leadership and control, teamwork and at work
  5. The power of influence
  6. Resolving Conflict and Crucial Conversations
  7. Lead. Influence. Belong.
  8. Leadership for Board and Governance

If you have any further questions or would like assistance to complete your expression of interest, please contact Naomi on 1800 033 660.

In early 2019, Blind Citizens Australia will also be offering training to become a Peer Mentor.

2018 Annual General Meeting

Blind Citizens Australia will hold its 43rd Annual General Meeting in Melbourne, at the John Pierce Centre, 25-35 High Street, Prahran, on Saturday, 1 December 2018 at 11:00am. Those members unable to attend in person will be able to listen in to the proceedings via a live stream. The AGM will be followed by lunch and a discussion forum in the afternoon for those who can attend in person.

More details…

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

On Thursday 8 March our CEO Emma Bennison spoke at an International Women’s Day event hosted by Amnesty International. The theme was “Inspiring Women”, and you can read her words here.