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My Sighted Guide - Staffordshire

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To support a person with sight loss to safely navigate the environment, building self-confidence and increasing social interaction; whilst maintaining dignity 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’ll 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:

  • Providing sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to someone with a visual impairment to help increase their confidence, varying from 6 weeks to 12+ months.
  • Provide the service at agreed times/location based on the mutually agreed activity plan.
  • Maintaining professional boundaries and adhering to safeguarding procedures.
  • Provide regular feedback on progress and any issues that may arise in the partnership to the line manager.

You’ll have
Ideally you will have/be:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Patience and flexibility.
  • Act in a non-judgemental way, without discrimination.
If you don’t feel you tick every box but are sure this role is the one for you, please drop us a message and tell us why. You may have something to offer that we didn’t even know we wanted and would love to talk it through with you to see what’s possible!


You’ll get
Volunteering is a two-way street, so in return for your time you will get a dedicated volunteer manager/key contact who will help you settle in and support you during your time with us. You’ll also get:
  • 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.
  • Increasing the independence, dignity and wellbeing of people living with sight loss through the delivery of the My Guide service.

Training and Support
This role has 2 days of mandatory training and then you’ll be ready to go! These modules
include:
  • 1 Day Sighted Guide training and certificate upon completion of training
  • Guide Dogs safeguarding training
If you have questions about the training requirements, we can answer these at your interview along with any other support or accessibility needs you may have.

Volunteering for Guide Dogs should never leave you out of pocket. We’ll make sure we pay any expenses related to your volunteering with us in line with our policy.


What we need from you

Criminal Disclosure check necessary? Yes, this role requires that you have an Enhanced Disclosure.

We are working hard to make sure anyone who wants to can volunteer for Guide Dogs, but at the moment we have a minimum age of 18 for this particular role.

Not sure this is the role for you? Pop over to www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteer and find out what else we have available.

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About Guide Dogs

Location:

New Zealand House, 160-162 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6AL, GB

Mission Statement

We are Guide Dogs. And we’re here to help people with sight loss live the life they choose. Children and adults. Friends and family. Whoever you are, our expert staff, volunteers and life-changing dogs are here for you. To help you live actively, live independently and live well. Together, we can help people affected by sight loss live their lives to the full.

Description

Every six minutes in the UK one more person loses their sight.
Every day, 250 more people join the 2 million already living with sight loss.
And this number is set to double.
We are Guide Dogs and we are here to help those affected by sight loss live the life they choose.

Since 1931, Guide Dogs has been supporting people with sight loss, helping them to lead confident and independent lives. But we know we must do more to help the increasing number of people living with sight loss, and those who love and care for them. In recent years, Guide Dogs has expanded our services beyond our dogs to help thousands more people with different needs lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives.

People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

StaffordshireStaffordshire, United Kingdom

(52.87928,-2.05719)
 

SKILLS

  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies from client to client

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