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 ...
Dog wellbeing volunteer
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SummaryTo provide physical and mental stimulation activities (Environmental Enrichment) for Guide Dogs in training, and occasionally working or retired dogs.
What does the role involve?
- Providing physical and mental stimulation for individual dogs through activities from Guide Dogs’ environment enrichment menu
- Discussing the needs of the dogs with Guide Dogs’ key member of staff on site in order to deliver the required activities
- Using appropriate toys and equipment for the needs of the dog
- Assisting with grooming and toileting of dogs, as appropriate
Location: At your local Guide Dogs site
What skills or experience are required?
- Enjoy working with dogs
- Ability to comply with procedures for the welfare and handling of the dog and appropriate environmental enrichment activities, and commitment to attend the relevant training
- Good communication skills
What will I get out of it?
- Increase in dog care and welfare knowledge
- Opportunity to gain hands on experience of caring for dogs, providing stimulation and reducing stress while they are in training
- The satisfaction that you are part of a committed team providing guide dogs that enable people with sight loss to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else
- Payment of out of pocket expenses in line with Guide Dogs volunteer expenses policy.
What support / training will I get?
- Regular and ongoing support and training from your supervisor
- Basic induction to Guide Dogs and to the role
- Basic dog behaviour, wellbeing and grooming training
Will I need to do a Disclosure check? No
Minimum Age: 18
What we will provide to volunteers💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support
About Guide Dogs South West
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.