MyGuide Sighted Guide

Guide Dogs
www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteering
Salary: 
This is an unpaid Voluntary Role
Contract Type: 
Volunteer
Hours: 
Flexible (2-3 hours per week)
Location: 
Bristol
Contract Details: 
Please see role description on website for full details
Details of Role: 

 

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 their is a good community connection.

With a couple of hours of your time, you can support a person with a visual impairment transform their life for the better.

 

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 12months+, 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

What will I get out of it?

• 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 MyGuide service

Location:

In your local community / possible travel to support people in nearby areas.

What skills or experience are required?

• 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

What will you get out of it?

• 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

What support / training will you get?

• Sighted Guiding Training and certificate upon completion of training
• Guide Dogs safeguarding training
• Payment of all out of pocket expenses in line with Guide Dogs policy
• An opportunity to take part in any general Guide Dogs volunteer training that is available
• Support, information, training and resources to enable you to undertake your role safely and effectively

Additional Info:

You will need to be over 18 and we will undertake a Disclosure check

Additionally you must be able to attend 1.5 days of Sighted Guiding Training as well Guide Dogs Safeguarding Training.

Guide Dogs will pay all out of pocket expenses, offer you the opportunity to take part in any Guide Dogs volunteer training that is available and offer support, information, training and resources to enable you to undertake your role safely and effectively.

To find out more about our MyGuide service please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5RHkpSTwj0

Closing Date: 
Tuesday, 21 January, 2020 - 12:00
How to Apply: 

 

All of our current roles are advertised primarily through our own website. To find out more about this role and others that we have available please visit:

https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteer

Please follow the link and input your postcode so you can see all roles that are currently available in your area. Please then ‘Load More’ roles by clicking on the yellow bar and you can then click on ‘More Detail’ to find out more information about this role and any others that you are interested in.

 

 

Contact Person: 
Ben Cassells
Contact Email: 
ben.cassells@guidedogs.org.uk
Contact Phone: 
07500823847
Postal Address: 
Guide Dogs Bristol 10 Stuillhouse Lane Bedminster Bristol BS3 4EB