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My Guide Sighted Guide

By January 30, 2020Volunteering

Covering Hull, Beverley, Bridlington , Doncaster, Stamford Bridge or Market Weighton, you will support a person with sight loss to safely navigate the environment, building self-confidence and increasing social interaction; whilst maintaining dignity and promoting independence.

What does the role involve?

  • Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss to help them achieve their goals (commonly weekly)
  • 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 procedures 

Location: Your local community / possible travel to support people out of area

What skills or experience are required?

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Patience and flexibility
  • Able to undertake your role safely and effectively
  • Act in a non-judgemental way, without discrimination

What will I get out of it?

  • 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 through the delivery of the My Guide service

What support / training will I get?

  • 1 Day Sighted Guide 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

Will I need to do a Disclosure check?

Yes, this role requires that you have an Enhanced Disclosure.

For more information contact Linda Conway Linda.Conway@guidedogs.org.uk  Tel: 03451430207

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