The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

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We are a charity which provides life-changing services for people living with sight loss and their friends and family. The sighted guide service helps people with visual impairment to improve their confidence, menatl wellbeing and sense of belonging to their community by getting out and about independently.

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  • My Guide Sighted Buddy

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    We are a charity which provides life-changing services for people living with sight loss and their friends and family. The sighted guide service helps people with visual impairment to improve their confidence, mental wellbeing and sense of belonging to their community by getting out and about independently. Volunteers will be matched with a person with sight loss and they usually meet up once a week or two to three hours to enable the service user to participate in activities that they are interested in. The role of the volunteer is to ensure the person with visual impairment can travel around safely. Activities vary, depending upon what the service user wants to do. Range from, swimming, visiting local places of interest, theatre, library and cinema trips, knit and natter, bowls, clothes shopping followed by coffee and cake at a cafe. Volunteers will receive a full day's training in sighted guide techniques. Certificates are given once in a partnership. Online safeguarding training Level 1 and 'classroom based' level 2 safeguarding training is also given.

    • Area of InterestAnimals, Disability, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy, Older People, Outdoors, Environment and Conservation
    • Volunteering TypeOn-Going Projects
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