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Volunteer Driver (Guide Dogs NI)
Location Throughout Northern Ireland
Description What does the role involve? • 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: o 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. o Reporting any visible damage before or after journey. o 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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