My Guide Volunteer

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Name: My Guide Volunteer
Organisation: Guide Dogs for the Blind
Location: Suite 2, Chiltern House, Matford Court, Sigford Road, Exeter, EX2 8NL
Type: Part Time
We're happy to be flexible around our volunteer's other commitments. If you're willing to donate half a day a week or more, then we'd like to hear from you!

Description

The role of the My Guide volunteer is to support a blind or partially sighted person in building confidence and developing links in the local community. As a volunteer you'll be matched with a client depending on your interests and availability and play a significant part in helping them to be more independent.

This role would particularly suit those studying towards a health, social care, psychology or sociology qualification but if you enjoy working and motivating people then this could be the perfect role for you!

My Guide volunteering is flexible around your other commitments so you can volunteer for as little as an hour a week to fit around you! To ensure you're confident in your role we will provide you with Safeguarding and specific My Guide training which will take place in either Exeter or Bristol.

To ensure you're not out-of-pocket during your time volunteering with us we will reimburse reasonable expenses in line with our organisational expenses policy.

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Organisation Description

We will not rest until people who are blind or partially sighted can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else. We also campaign for the rights of people with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care and fund eye disease research.

We have been expertly breeding and training guide dogs for more than 75 years, providing many thousands to blind and partially-sighted people of all ages and from all walks of life. We also deliver confidence-building rehabilitation services to adults, young people and children - including long cane mobility training and communication and daily living skills.

Guide Dogs carries out research that provides sound scientific evidence on which to base our services, campaigns, policies and operational procedures (the way we do things). We fund ophthalmic research projects, and carry out canine research in-house. Visual impairment is a fact of life for thousands of people, and with an ageing population many more will be affected by sight loss in the future.

We campaign alongside visually-impaired people for rights that most sighted people take for granted. These include access to services and transport, freedom of mobility, and provision of better rehabilitation services. Working closely with guide dog owners, service providers, other voluntary organisation and MPs, we've won major victories and have successfully lobbied to influence policies and legislation.


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Cause / Interests

  • Disability
  • Mental Health

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Mentoring

Skills and Qualifications

Requirements

We're looking for patient, empathic and motivating people to join our team to:

• Develop a good relationship with a blind/partially sighted person and their family/friends
• Set time-limited goals with your match and support them along their journey, e.g. accompanying them to do their weekly shopping
• Be an ambassador for Guide Dogs and demonstrate the sighted guiding technique to friends, colleagues and other interested people


Benefits

Volunteers are likely to gain:

• Experience of providing sighted guiding
• Greater understanding of sight loss and the challenges that visually-impaired people experience
• A sense of satisfaction at knowing you're enabling someone to be more independent

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: Out-of-pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed in line with Guide Dogs' expenses policy
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, DBS Check, Informal discussion, References