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Volunteer Driver (Guide Dogs NI)
Location Throughout Northern Ireland

Guide Dogs

Volunteer Driver

Role Description:

  • Transporting our clients, dogs and equipment in your own vehicle or Guide Dogs’ vehicle
  • Ensuring you and your vehicle are safe and legally roadworthy.
  • Following Guide Dogs' guidelines for transporting dogs.
  • Ensuring that you have any additional equipment necessary to fulfil your role and that it is in working order.

When driving Guide Dogs’ vehicles:

  • Ensuring on collection and when you return it, that it is clean, tidy, fully fuelled and roadworthy, if it is not, report this immediately to your supervisor.
  • Reporting any visible damage before or after journey.
  • Complete any necessary paperwork.
  • Depending on your experience, at some locations you may have the opportunity to drive trailers or train to drive our large exhibition units

What skills or experience are required?

  •  Good communications and interpersonal skills
  •  Like working with dogs
  •  A clean driving licence is preferred, although minor driving convictions may not necessarily preclude a person from volunteering. Each case will be taken on its merits, please contact Guide Dogs for more information.
  • All drivers, whether using Guide Dogs’ vehicles or their own for volunteering, will be expected to comply with the charity’s driver license check process
  • You will need to make your motor insurer aware you are volunteering as a driver for Guide Dogs, if using your own vehicle. Guide Dogs can provide insurers with further details, upon request
  • Driving the exhibition unit will need confidence in driving large vehicles

What will I get out of it?

Directly and indirectly enable blind and partially-sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.

What support or training will I get?

  •  Basic induction to Guide Dogs and to the role
  •  Sighted Guide Training
  •  Equipment training if required e.g Exhibition unit (0.5 day course)
  •  Manual handling training
  •  Regular and ongoing advice and support from Guide Dogs
  •  Payment of out of pocket expenses agreed in advance, 40p per mile

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