Charity Guide Dogs is well known for its iconic guide dog service, but the charity has recently increased their staff to support the growth of My Guide.
My Guide is a free service that enables people with sight loss to get out of their homes and into the community. Guide Dogs trains volunteers in how to guide, and pairs them up with someone with sight loss, allowing them to overcome challenges presented by unfamiliar places, crowded areas or public transport, to enjoy exploring their surroundings and ultimately become more independent.
In addition to sighted guides (Arbroath, Livingston, Ayrshire, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Aberdeen and parts of Aberdeenshire, Galashiels) who could give up a couple of hours a week, the charity seeks lead volunteers to support the service:
- Trainer to deliver My Guide training (Edinburgh or Aberdeen)
- Promoter to spread the word about My Guide (Aberdeen, Glasgow, Lanarkshire)
- Partnership Support, supporting current partnerships (Glasgow or Lanarkshire)
We are actively seeking customers with sight loss in: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. If you are out with these areas, please get in touch to see if the charity can support you by another means.
The charity also offers practical training sessions where friends or family members of someone living with sight loss, can learn the techniques of sighted guiding with expert support from our facilitators.
Could you help Guide Dogs support people with sight loss? From walks in the park, tackling a golf course or going out for a coffee, we look forward to finding out what our My Guide partnerships get up to next!
For more information, visit: www.guidedogs.org.uk/faqs/volunteering/help-people-through-the-my-guide-service/