My Guide Sighted Guide

Guide Dogs UK

Name: My Guide Sighted Guide
Organisation: Guide Dogs UK
Location: North Somerset
Type: Part Time
The lengths of partnerships vary, from 6 weeks to 12months+, your availability will be matched with a suitable customer. Spare a few hours a week.

Description

With a couple of hours of your time, you can change someone’s life. Support a person with a visual impairment transform their life for the better.

This volunteer role supports a person with sight loss to safely navigate the environment, build their self-confidence and increase their social interaction; whilst maintaining dignity and promoting independence. We partner volunteers up with someone in local travelling distance to ensure there is a good community connection.

What does the role involve?

• Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss to help them achieve their goals
• The lengths of partnerships vary, from 6 weeks to 12 months+, your availability will be matched with a suitable customer
• Undertake all elements of My Guide training (approximately 2 days)
• Support access to local services and facilities in their local community
• Provide regular feedback on progress and any issues that arise to your line manager
• Provide the My Guide role at agreed times/location based on the mutually agreed activity plan
• Maintaining professional boundaries and adhering to safeguarding procedures

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Organisation Description

Guide Dogs is a charity which provide a wide range of services to support blind and partially sighted people.

Our ambition is for a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support to live their lives to the full and we will not rest until people who are blind and partially sighted can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.

Every hour, another person in the UK loses their sight, if this was to happen to you, Guide Dogs is there to make sure you receive the help and support you need.

On a daily basis our work transforms the lives of many people, helping them to lead lives of independence and freedom and we wouldn’t be able to do this without the support and dedication of our incredible volunteers.


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Cause / Interests

  • Disability
  • Mental Health
  • Sport and Outdoor Activities

Types of Activity

  • Community Work
  • General and Helping

Skills and Qualifications

Requirements

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Patience and flexibility
• Able to undertake your role safely and effectively
• Act in a non-judgmental way, without discrimination
• Someone who can give a couple of hours a week of their time


Benefits

• Make a life-changing difference to someone in need in your community
• Opportunity to meet and interact with other Guide dogs’ volunteers
• An opportunity to build experience and knowledge of sight loss and develop your existing skills
• Gain skills and experience whilst doing something that you enjoy
• Build experience and skills while growing your confidence
• Meet people, have fun and be part of your community
• Help a charity do more while you learn what you are good at
• Become a valued and integral part of the Guide Dogs team
• Increasing the independence, dignity and wellbeing of people living with sight loss by delivering the My Guide service

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: Yes
Restrictions: No
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: Yes
Offer: NA
Training: Yes 2 days
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, DBS Check, Interview, References, Trial Period