Guide Dogs provide life changing mobility services which enable people who are blind and partially sighted to take control of their lives and get around with confidence. Our services help people to do the simple things that sighted people often take for granted, like getting to work, popping out to the shops or meeting up with friends for coffee and a chat.
Barnsley have a local fundraising group whose aim is to raise funds to help Guide Dogs to continue to provide the service we do and provide more life changing dogs. We would also love volunteers to help us with bucket collections, coffee mornings, 'meet the guide dogs' days, football stadium collections.
My Sighted Guide
The charity Guide Dogs are appealing for volunteers to support service users in Barnsley and across South Yorkshire. “My Sighted Guide” is a fantastic service which supports people with sight loss to get out and about, living more independent and social lives.
Full training is provided to become a qualified Sighted Guide. Once completed, volunteers will be carefully matched up with a client and meet up with them roughly once a week to spend 2-3 hours going out to enjoy a range of activities - it might be going out to attend a social/community group, gym/class, having a look round the shops or even just going for a walk, a brew and a chat.
Regular, ongoing support is provided. It’s an opportunity to make a huge difference to someone’s life!
The minimum age of this volunteer role is 18.
Volunteers are given in-depth training to help them partake in this volunteer role, a great bonus for people wanting to learn more about sight loss! This is delivered in an interactive engaging manner, using a mixture of different learning techniques e.g., e-learning modules and face to face workshops.
Examples of the modules you will be learning include:
- Providing sighted guide assistance
- Different sight loss conditions
- Managing safeguarding situations
If you have questions about the training requirements, they can answer these at your interview along with any other support or accessibility needs you may have. Volunteering for Guide Dogs should never leave you out of pocket. They will make sure they pay any expenses related to volunteering with, including travel costs.
You can start an application right now by entering your postcode on the Guide Dogs website - https://bit.ly/3cQa91j, or contact Dave Ripley at email@example.com for more information.
Contact name: Nichola Bonsall
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: 07881 269578
Published: 09 August 2019