Be My Eyes is a free mobile app that connects a community of volunteers around the world to the blind and visually impaired, helping them to solve their daily challenges and get on with life.
When a blind or partially sighted person needs help with anything from finding lost items to describing a picture, reading labels on household products or reading on a computer screen, shopping in supermarkets or familiarising themselves with a new location, they simply call up the Be My Eyes app. The app then connects them to one of their volunteers via a live video connection, so the sighted volunteer can – in their spare time – see the things the blind person can’t and describe them.
Be My eyes have more than 3.75 million volunteers, speaking over 180 languages, 24/7, for almost 220.000 blind people who use the app. So whatever the time, wherever they are, if someone needs help, they can get it.
The app has proven invaluable for people who struggle to see properly: “I do not know what I would do without this app. It has been a lifesaver for me.” But it also benefits the volunteers: “I am so happy to have been helpful. It is great to feel useful…”
It’s such a simple solution to the myriad of daily challenges that blind and partially sighted people can face, and also offers volunteers a genuinely rewarding experience in exchange for small amounts of their time.
Be My Eyes was mapped in Helen Brain’s AtlasChart:5 easy ways to be a changemaker.
Strategy Director. Marketing and media professional with 12 years experience, who has become increasingly passionate about the need for businesses and communities to drive positive societal change. Set up ‘Be The Real Change’ as a response to the frustration and anger at the events taking place in the world. Where to start?
Hans Jørgen Wiberg, Founder and Christian Erfurt, CEO