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Volunteering Opportunities with Guide Dogs for the Blind

By January 7, 2020Volunteering

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association exists to provide life-changing services to the 360,000 people who are registered blind or partially sighted, and the two million people in the UK living with sight loss. We provide a range of services with and beyond the dog to help thousands of people with different needs lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives.

Are you seeking an exciting opportunity to volunteer with a forward thinking organisation that can offer a variety of opportunities? Some roles require you to give a specific amount of time, or have particular skills. Most roles just need your time and enthusiasm

If you are interested, please contact Linda Conway Volunteer Co-ordinator on 03451430207

My Guide Volunteers  ( Hull area )

Clients are blind or partially sighted so getting out alone can often be a scary challenging experience for them. The Sighted Guide can support them through helping them get familiar with their surroundings. This role is to provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss to help them go to the local shops, go out for a coffee, a walk or anything else the client feels they need support with. The can also involve supporting Guide Dog Owners with free running their Guide Dog. This role is to increase independence, dignity and wellbeing of people living with sight loss.

Are you ….

  • A People person
  • Good communication skills
  • Non- judgemental
  • Maintain professional boundaries at all times
  • Willing to undertake training required for the role

Puppy Walker Volunteer  (Predominantly for the Selby Area)

The role of a puppy walker has the challenge and reward of seeing a puppy develop in your home.  You will be providing the puppy with a vital foundation for its future role as a guide dog with someone with sight loss. Feeding, training and generally caring for a puppy’s needs on a daily basis is time consuming and, particularly when very young, they cannot be left on their own for more than three hours

  • You will develop and care for a puppy as directed by your supervisor and as described in Puppy Walking Policies and Procedures
  • You will familiarise the puppy with many different environments
  • Teaching basic obedience commands

You will need access to a suitable area where the puppy could go to the toilet during the day, including first thing in the morning and last thing at night

The satisfaction that you have had a pivotal role in providing guide dogs that enable blind and partially-sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else

Fundraisers needed  (Hull & Humber Region)

Why not become a Fundraising Volunteer with the Guide Dogs for the Blind and make a real difference to people’s lives? Another great opportunity to meet new people and learn about the world of fundraising.

They are looking for enthusiastic people in a variety of locations who are interested in supporting their many fundraising events and activities throughout the year, including:

  • Street collections on ‘flag’ days
  • Help on stalls at local events
  • Take Collection Boxes to local businesses
  • Attending local events organised by Branches or Community Fundraiser and keeping track of what they sell on their stalls (including the cuddly toys!)
  • Count donations

All they ask of you is a positive attitude, your commitment to their ethos and some of your time. Have fun, meet new people and learn more about the organisation, whilst at the same time raising money that will help transform the lives of people living with sight loss.

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