We all need to stay at home to protect ourselves and others. However, those who are well and not at risk can provide essential support for their family, friends and neighbours who cannot leave the house.

Read more about volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic

Be a coronavirus volunteer in your community

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.

My Guide Sighted Guide

  • VO81759


Description

We need a volunteer to give support to a person with sight loss. The individual is looking to safely navigate their local environment whilst building self-confidence and increasing social interaction; meanwhile maintaining dignity and promoting independence. The lengths of partnerships vary from six weeks to twelve months (or longer); your availability will be matched with a suitable customer.

The volunteer will be required to...

  • Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss to help them achieve their goals
  • Undertake all elements of My Guide training (approx. 2 days)
  • Provide the My Guide role at agreed times/location based on the mutually agreed activity plan
  • Support access to local services and facilities in their community
  • Maintain professional boundaries and adhere to safeguarding procedures
  • Provide regular feedback on progress and potential issues to your line manager

You could make a life-changing difference to someone in your community, whilst also gaining skills, experience, and increased confidence.

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

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Morning
Afternoon
Evening

Flexible, can be arranged with the volunteer. Roughly three hours per week.

Restrictions

Volunteers applying for the role would be subject to a disclosure check.
Experience required: No experience needed, training will be provided. However suitable volunteers will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, patience, flexibility, be able to undertake the role safely, and act in a non-judgmental way without discrimination.
Travel details: Volunteers would be asked to travel within their local area with the service user.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Drivers using their own vehicle will be reimbursed 40p per mile. Public transport is fully reimbursed.
Training details: Volunteers with guide dogs will be given training for the specific role, carried out by the corresponding Volunteer Manager.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 2 months ago