My Sighted Guide
In this role, you will support a person with sight loss to get out and about in their local community, building self-confidence, increasing social interaction, and promoting independence.
“I really care about making a difference – it is brilliant to be a part of watching someone else go on to achieve something with encouragement” - Joe, My Sighted Guide volunteer.
What you will be doing
We rely on volunteers like you to help us improve the lives of people with sight loss. In this role, your support will include:
• Delivering sighted guide assistance, using skills provided in our training on a regular basis to someone with a visual or vision impairment to help increase their confidence (varying from 3 months to 12+ months).
• Meeting at agreed times/ location, based on the mutually agreed activity plan.
• Maintaining professional boundaries and adhering to safeguarding procedures.
• Providing regular feedback on partnership progress and highlighting any issues that may arise in the partnership to your key contact.
If you don’t feel you tick every box, but you are confident that this role is the one for you, please drop us a message and tell us why. We’re open to suggestions and happy to chat with you to find out what’s possible!
Volunteering is a two-way street, so in return for your time, you will get a dedicated key contact who will help you settle in and support you during your time with us.
You’ll also get to:
• Make a life-changing difference to someone in need in your community.
• Gain skills and experience whilst doing an activity that you enjoy.
• Meet new people within your community and across Guide Dogs.
• Increase the independence, dignity and wellbeing of people living with sight loss through the delivery of the My Sighted Guide service.
Training and support -
This role has the equivalent of 2 days of training, which can be flexible around your requirements, and then you’ll be ready to go! These modules include:
• Sighted Guide training.
• Guide Dogs safeguarding training
You’ll Ideally have:
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the confidence to use them when support is required.
- Be patient and flexible.
- Act in a non-judgmental way, without discrimination.
- Have the physical ability to guide someone with a visual impairment.
- Good listener
- Not suitable for under 18's
Over 18\'s only
- Will require a criminal record check (DBS)
- Will require references
When can I volunteer?
Usually 2 hours a week when convenient to the volunteer and service user.
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