Guide Dogs - Could you be a volunteer respite fosterer for a Guide Dog in training? - Minimum age 18

  • VO94407
  • Home-based volunteering


Description

Guide Dogs - Could you be one of our amazing Dog Fosterers? Minimum age 18
We are Guide Dogs and we’re here to help people with sight loss live the life they choose. Our ambition is a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support they need to live their lives to the full.

We don’t just provide life-changing guide dogs, we also provide advice, skills, emotional and practical support for people and families living with sight loss to help them live actively, independently and well

We rely on volunteers like you to help us improve the lives of people with sight loss. We have dogs at various ages and stages of their career who may need temporary accommodation and the need will be dependent on your location and circumstances. In this role your support will include:

• Providing a safe, secure, and welcoming environment for a dog or puppy.
• Ensuring the dog or puppy is fed, exercised, and cared for to maintain excellent health.
• Using positive reinforcement training techniques to teach or maintain behaviours.
• Ensuring the dog is not left alone for more than 4 hours in a 24-hour period.
Foster volunteers who care for dogs in training need to drop off and collect their dogs from our Hamilton Office. Times are normally Monday to Friday between 8 - 9 am and 5 - 6 pm. Dogs will stay with our staff in the centre during the day to complete training. In the evenings and at weekends volunteer dog fosterers will keep the dog at home. The dog will stay with you during the duration of its training, this can be 18+ months depending on the dog and their pace of learning. In the evenings and at weekends volunteer dog fosterers will keep the dog at home. The dog will stay with you during the duration of its training, this can be 18+ months depending on the dog and their pace of learning.

We have more information at this link https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/how-you-can-help/volunteering-for-guide-dogs/volunteer-role-descriptions/fosterer/

If you are interested, please get in touch, see email address below. You will then be contacted by someone by email or phone call. If you have not heard back after 5 working days, the first step is to contact us with the contact details provided. You could also check your junk/spam folder on your emails just in case the response is there.
Contact - VolunteerScotNI@Guidedogs.org.uk

Organisation aims and objectives

Our ambition is a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support they need to live their lives to the full.

Availability

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Frequency and commitment details

Weekly for up to 12 - 14 months

Restrictions

Access to a car, so that you can take your dog to training school. The agreement of your landlord to have dog in the home or your own home. Have a safe secure area outside for the dog to go to the toilet.
Experience required: Love of dogs Access to a car, so that you can take your dog to training school. The agreement of your landlord to have dog in the home or your own home. Have a safe secure area outside for the dog to go to the toilet.
Travel details: Home based
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: All agreed out of pocket expenses will be paid and any expenses relating to the dog.
Training details: Our volunteers have access to our bespoke training techniques to implement with their dog in training, a great bonus for any dog owners! This is delivered in an interactive engaging manner, using a mixture of different learning techniques e.g., videos, documents and face to face workshops. Examples of the modules you will be learning include: Activities to keep your dogs entertained. Caring for your dog. Dog behaviour.

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