Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs

Charity registered in Scotland SC038979

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.


Current opportunities

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

Be the key contact for fundraising in your local community to raise money from a variety of activities such as collections, social events and Tea Parties. • Organising and attending events such as the Great Guide Dogs Tea Party, Pub Quizzes and collections in your local area • Encouraging local businesses, schools and groups to name their own guide dog puppy • Building relationships with local networks, socials groups, schools and businesses to encourage them to host their own event in support of Guide Dogs • Working as part of Guide Dogs’ fundraising team with staff and volunteers • Liaising with Community Fundraiser informing them of events in your area • Making sure your fundraising policies and procedures are followed. • Ensuring income raised from events is banked in a timely manner. • Ensuring that any information provided by Guide Dogs is cascaded to relevant supporters or volunteers.

As Treasurer, you are a key member of your local fundraising group. You will need to record income and expenditure of the group, bank funds regularly and keep the members up to date with fundraising income totals. This includes: • Maintaining accurate records of all income and expenditure by the Group. • To assign correct Guide Dogs banking codes to all donations. • To bank all funds donated to Guide Dogs promptly. • To complete and issue receipts to donors. • Attend Group meetings and advise members current levels of income and expenditure • Monitor levels of expenditure, ensuring prompt claims for reimbursement of the Float Account. • Ensure that the Float Account does not become overdrawn. • Apply for soft credits and gift aid via your local Mobility Team. • Maintaining records of where Guide Dogs Counter Top Boxes and life sized dogs are placed locally - working with your Group’s Collecting Box Co-Ordinator(s) and submitting the list by December 31st of each year to the Community Fundraiser • To respond to requests made by Guide Dogs Finance department. • Keeping Group fiscal records for 6 years in accordance with HMRC guidelines and to ensure that all Group records are available for the Community Fundraiser, Group members or any other independent examiner as requested by Guide Dogs.

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. • Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss to help them achieve their goals (commonly weekly) • The lengths of partnerships vary, from 6 weeks to 12months+, your availability will be matched with a suitable customer • Undertake all elements of My Guide training (approximately 2 days) • Support access to local services and facilities in their local community • Provide regular feedback on progress and any issues that arise to your line manager • Provide the My Guide role at agreed times/location based on the mutually agreed activity plan • Maintaining professional boundaries and adhering to safeguarding procedures

Posts from Guide Dogs on Good HQ

My Guide

Did you know that Guide Dogs offers other services too? We have volunteers who help people with sight loss get out and about. This is great for people who don't want a guide dog, but still need a bit of assistance. Ideally, the volunteer would visit once a week and go whereever y… Read more

Could a guide dog change your life?

A guide dog can be a great mobility aid to help someone who is blind of partially sighted gain independence. Did you know: - you don't need to be completely blind to have a guide dog. - you don't need to be registered blind or partially sighted to have a guide dog. - it costs ju… Read more