My Guide volunteers help people who are blind or partially sighted get out and about in their local community. Our My Guide service trains and supports volunteers to act as sighted guides, and allows them to make a real difference in the lives of local people.
My Guide partners take part in social and leisure activities, such as walking, shopping, football and visiting local coffee shops. You can support your My Guide partner by increasing their fitness and confidence through regular outings. As a My Guide volunteer, you can:
-Make new friends;
-Learn new skills to enhance your CV, including training endorsed by VISION 2020;
-Help people with sight loss get out of their homes and back into the community.
My Guide volunteers generally give at least 2-3 hours of their time each week to this unique and interesting role.
For more information please contact:
My Guide Volunteering Manager (East of Scotland)
Tel: 0345 143 0203.
Our vision is for a society in which people who are blind and partially sighted enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else. Our purpose is to deliver the guide dog service and other mobility services; to break down legal and physical barriers; and to enable people who are blind and partially sighted to get around on their own. Our values mean that we will always seek to be trustworthy and transparent; that we will always be innovative and responsive; and that we will collaborate with others wherever that is to the benefit of people who are blind and partially sighted.
Experience required: Volunteers require excellent communication skills, flexibility, a positive attitude and a willingness to help others. No previous experience in sighted guiding is necessary, as we will provide training.
Travel details: The volunteer and their My Guide partner (service user) generally meet at the service user’s address. Supported by the My Guide Ambassador, the volunteer and service user decide on an activity plan, depending on their mobility goals and social plans. Whilst some volunteers may choose to use a car, there is no requirement for this.
Minimum age: 16
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Volunteers are offered travel expenses to and from their My Guide partnership. Volunteers can claim travel expenses on a weekly basis.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
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