NSW/ACT State Division

 

Update on the New NSW/ACT state Division

View the State Division Plan

As you may know, late last year, Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) and the Association of Blind Citizens of NSW (BCNSW) members voted to consolidate the two organisations which resulted in the formation of BCA’s first state division launched in July 2018. If you want to find out more about the consolidation process, you can read the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations.

If you were a member of BCNSW, you will have been automatically granted membership of BCA. While we no longer have a Sydney telephone number, you can reach BCA toll free on 1800 033 660.

The State Division is a first for BCA. It undertakes activities formerly performed by BCNSW as well as addressing issues which are of state-wide significance. Local Branches continue to operate as normal. To find out more about the formation of the state division and its activities, you can read an update in the latest edition of BCA’s magazine, Blind Citizens News.

 

All the ways that you can hear from, and communicate with, our new state division

Our next membership activity is our Spring Into Action month in October, where branches around NSW and the ACT are organising various activities. This will culminate in our first State Division Convention in Newcastle from 26 to 28 October. It will be a fun-filled, information packed weekend, and we hope you will join us there.  If you’d like to check out the draft program or register you can visit the state convention event page, or give us a call and we can arrange your registration over the phone.

Here are some ways to find out more about convention, and Spring Into Action month, as well as all of our other activities:

First, you can catch up with us on New Horizons. This is our weekly radio programme, with interesting interviews and information about BCA. It is broadcast every week on 2RPH and on some community radio stations, and can also be downloaded as a podcast by searching Blind Citizens Australia. Or just go to our Homepage and you will always find the latest episode listed there. New Horizons is also available through the Vision Australia library service via the IAccess online website.

Second, our magazine, Blind Citizens News, comes out once a quarter. Our new editor, Jonathan Craig, has refreshed this publication and it is available in audio or text format from our website or you can receive your copy in braille or via E-mail. If you would like to receive Blind Citizens News, please contact our staff.

Third, we have an email list to which you can subscribe. We send out frequent information, announcements, and members also post to the list. If you want to subscribe, send an E-mail to: bca-l+subscribe@groups.io

Fourth, we can send you BCA updates by text message. Simply call our staff and ensure your mobile number is registered.

Finally, you can call us. If you ring 1800 033 660 you will hear a set of menu options. By pressing the buttons on your phone you can choose to get up-to-date details of our activities in NSW and the ACT. You can also speak to one of our staff, and let them know which communication channels you would like to use.

As a membership organisation your voice is important. So please choose the options set out above which work for you. We hope to meet you at convention in Newcastle, or during our Spring Into Action activities.

Emma Bennison                              Joana D’ory-Novo

Chief Executive Officer                   NSW/ACT State Division Chair