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Guide Dogs for the Blind (NL)

To provide guide dogs and other rehabilitation services that meet the needs of the blind and partially sighted people. Guide dogs want a world in which all people who are blind and partially sighted to enjoy the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities as everyone else.

Current opportunities

Coordinators place our iconic boxes locally as part of their daily life and every few months tally up the funds before paying them in to Guide Dogs. You'll develop relationships with your local shops, businesses and other groups, tell them about Guide Dogs and persuade them to host one of our boxes.

To give talks and presentations about the work of Guide Dogs within a designated area, in line with the guidelines received at speaker training courses. What does the role involve? • To give talks when requested to local organisations and groups within a 15 mile radius of the your home • Keeping up to date with Guide Dogs news and key messages • Talks should be natural and enthusiastic, tailored to the audience and following guidelines on current key messages • Passing any donations given for talks to the Mobility Team as per guidelines • Attending cheque presentations when requested by the local Mobility Team • Informing your Mobility Team Support Worker of any requests to do talks using the speaker cards supplied • Encouraging local organisations and groups

Assist the local fundraising team in promoting and taking part in a variety of activities to raise money for Guide Dogs. * Street collections on ‘flag’ days * Help on stalls at local events * Take Collection Boxes to local businesses * Attending local events organised by Branches or Community Fundraiser and keeping track of what we sell on our stalls (including the cuddly toys!) * Count donations * Fundraisers are usually members of the local fundraising group

What does the role involve? • Identifying locations to distribute My Guide service literature within the local area e.g. libraries, local organisations and eye clinics • Helping find, plan and attend; information days, meetings or talks within the local area to promote the service to; people with sight loss, potential volunteers and potential referral sources • Working with relevant staff to research and identify media opportunities to target volunteer recruitment and user engagement within your local area • Utilise case studies from partnerships within the local area to promote the service • Act as an ambassador for Guide Dogs by promoting its services and demonstrating the Guide Dogs family values • Develop a My Guide community in your area by organising events for volunteers and customers to interact with each other • Checking ID documents of potential volunteers for use in disclosure checks Location: Home based and travel within specified regions What skills or experience are required? • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills • Able to effectively contribute to team working with other volunteers and staff • Able to work independently with minimal supervision • Act in a non-judgemental way, without discrimination • Experience of sight loss would be an advantage but not necessary as all training will be provided • Experience of marketing and/or recruitment would be an advantage What will I get out of it? • An opportunity to share your enthusiasm for volunteering and meet with a variety of local groups and people • Make a massive difference to people in your community • Opportunity to meet and interact with other Guide dogs volunteers • Become a valued and integral member of Guide Dogs • Have a direct impact on people with a visual impairment in local community What support / training will I get? • Regular and ongoing support from your supervisor • Support, information, training and resources to enable you to undertake your role safely and effectively • Payment of all out of pocket expenses • An opportunity to take part in general Guide Dogs volunteer training and development that is available • An introduction into safe sighted guiding skills and visual impairment awareness Will I need to do a Disclosure check? No, not for this volunteer role Minimum Age: 18