This volunteer role supports a person with sight loss to safely navigate the environment, build their self-confidence and increase their social interaction; whilst maintaining dignity and promoting independence. We partner volunteers up with someone in local travelling distance to ensure there is a good community connection.
With a couple of hours of your time, you can support a person with a visual impairment transform their life for the better.
• Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss to help them achieve their goals
• The lengths of partnerships vary, from 6 weeks to 12months+, your availability will be matched with a suitable customer
• Undertake all elements of My Guide training (approximately 2 days)
• Support access to local services and facilities in their local community
• Provide regular feedback on progress and any issues that arise to your line manager
• Provide the My Guide role at agreed times/location based on the mutually agreed activity plan
• Maintaining professional boundaries and adhering to safeguarding procedure
Why get involved?
Make a life-changing difference to someone in need in your community
• Opportunity to meet and interact with other Guide dogs’ volunteers
• An opportunity to build experience and knowledge of sight loss and develop your existing skills
• Gain skills and experience whilst doing something that you enjoy
• Build experience and skills while growing your confidence
• Meet people, have fun and be part of your community
• Help a charity do more while you learn what you are good at
• Become a valued and integral part of the Guide Dogs team
• Increasing the independence, dignity and wellbeing of people living with sight loss by delivering the My Guide service
What support / training will you get?
• Sighted Guiding Training and certificate upon completion of training
• Guide Dogs safeguarding training
• Payment of all out of pocket expenses in line with Guide Dogs policy
• An opportunity to take part in any general Guide Dogs volunteer training that is available
• Support, information, training and resources to enable you to undertake your role safely and effectively
You will need to be over 18 and we will undertake a Disclosure check
Additionally, you must be able to attend 1.5 days of Sighted Guiding Training as well Guide Dogs Safeguarding Training.
Guide Dogs will pay all out of pocket expenses, offer you the opportunity to take part in any Guide Dogs volunteer training that is available and offer support, information, training and resources to enable you to undertake your role safely and effectively.
To find out more about our MyGuide service please watch this video:
To find out more about this role and others that you may also be interested in, please visit: www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteering.
How to get involved?
Ben Cassells – Volunteering Consultant Guide Dogs Bristol
Please note, if you accept this challenge your contact details will be passed onto Bristol Guide Dogs - many thanks BS3 Community
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