Become A My Guide Volunteer And Make A Difference
Guide Dogs are looking for volunteers in this area to help its My Guide Service build greater confidence amongst people that are blind and partially sighted when getting out and about. Find out more at: www.guidedogs.org.uk/myguide.
My Guide is a service provided by charity Guide Dogs that matches trained sighted guide volunteers with people in the community that are blind or partially sighted. This partnership then works together to build the confidence of the person with vision loss in getting out and about. Currently there is five people waiting for my guide volunteer in the Slough area.
Emma Moonlight, My Guide Volunteering Officer at Guide Dogs says: “Every hour in the UK someone loses their vision and when they do their world can become a lot smaller, and something as simple as getting out and about can be really challenging.
“Imagine suddenly losing your sight. How would you get to work, to the shops, the doctors and so on? Our My Guide Service not only makes a huge difference to the person that is blind or partially sighted, but our volunteers learn useful skills, develop a greater understanding for what life is like as a person with vision loss and, can see exactly how they’re contributing to their local community.”
The role involves providing sighted guiding generally once a week for two to three hours. However, exact requirements can vary due to individual circumstances. Volunteers must be 18 or over and have a DBS check. Full training and ongoing support is provided.
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