MyGuide Sighted Guide
During more normal times this role is a face to face role where volunteers help to support people who are blind and partially sighted get out and about and enjoy the same level of freedom and movement as sighted people.
We are now however unable to undertake the roles in the same way and have temporarily moved to providing support over the telephone with the intention of moving back to one to one contact when it is safe to do so.
We are therefore currently looking for volunteers to apply to undertake this role with the intention of being able to do this long term once the restrictions are lifted.
What does the role involve (during normal times)?
• Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss to help them achieve their goals (provide temporary support via regular telephone conversations)
• 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) (once possible again)
• 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 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
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 support / training will you get (once possible again)?
• 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
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 our videos on youtube
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.