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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 ...

WellbeingPeople with disabilitiesAnimal welfare

Collection Box Coordinator

Organisation role · Flexible hours
Street, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
WellbeingPeople with disabilitiesAnimal welfare
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This role involves placing our iconic boxes locally as part of their daily life and every few months tally up the funds before paying them in to Guide Dogs.

Detailed description

What does the role involve?

  • Identifying and placing collecting boxes in suitable locations
  • Talking to the shop owner, receptionist etc. at the location about how the boxes will help Guide Dogs and what we do
  • Empting boxes every 3-6 months (as they get full) and banking the income through the paying in book provided. Give a receipt and letter of thanks to the hosts
  • Keeping a written record of the location of all boxes for your supervisor, the dates they are emptied and the dates/amounts banked
  • If boxes aren’t collecting much, you’ll decide to move them to a better location. Your supervisor may also ask you to remove boxes
  • Reporting any stolen boxes to the local Mobility Team
  • Spotting the potential for further fundraising amongst the box holders for Community Fundraiser


Location: Various and local surroundings


What skills or experience are required?

  • Willingness to talk to people about Guide Dogs
  • Good communication and organisational skills

Team working when working with a local fundraising group or others


What will I get out of it?

  • Support us to enable more blind and partially-sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else
  • An opportunity to build experience for your CV


What support / training will I get?

  • Regular and ongoing support from Guide Dogs
  • Payment of out of pocket expenses agreed in advance

Basic induction to Guide Dogs and to the role


Will I need to do a Disclosure check?

Not for this volunteer role


Minimum Age: 18

Meet one of our existing Collection Box Coordinators   

Lena has been volunteering since 2010.

"My husband and I have placed 34 counter boxes in local shops. Through theses 34 boxes in just over 6 months we have raised £1,161. I visit the shops about once every three months and keep a record of the box numbers and amounts received.


I think every box opened with contents between values £40 to £70 is an achievement. I am so surprised at the kindness of people in this economic environment who are willing to put money in our boxes.


I worked all my life and when I retired I found I was very bored! I did Genealogy research for other people to try to fill the gap, made friends by email through this but I wasn’t out and about. By volunteering for Guide Dogs I find that the public have many questions and I love being able to answer these. Through setting out the boxes and other volunteering roles I have met lots of new people and always seem to be “on the go!”


Placing boxes can be done as part of your daily life as you go shops, the pub, café’s etc, at a time that suits. All Guide Dogs boxes together could generate £1m"

What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support

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About Guide Dogs South West

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.