What does the role involve?
Set time-limited goals with a blind or partially-sighted person based on the aims of My Guide Dogs
Provide sighted guide support for set activities to meet the goals of the blind or partially sighted person
Develop a good relationship with a blind or partially sighted person, their friends and family and other volunteers that promotes independence and knowledge sharing
Establish and adhere to appropriate social contact and personal boundaries
Support referral or access to local services and facilities for blind and partially sighted people
Demonstrate the sighted guiding technique to friends, colleagues and other interested people
Provide feedback on progress and any issues that arise to the volunteer manager
Provide the My Guide role at agreed times/location
What skills or experience are required?
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Working as part of a team with other volunteers and staff and to make new people welcome
Able to undertake your role safely and effectively
Act in a non-judgemental way, without discrimination
What will I get out of it?Providing support to Guide Dogs to enable it to provide guide dogs and other mobility services that increase the independence and dignity of blind and partially-sighted people.
An opportunity to build experience for your CV
What support or training will I get?
Sighted Guide Training (Levels 1 and 2)
Safeguarding induction and awareness day.
Payment of all out of pocket expenses