Guide Dogs Scotland (SL)

Charity registered in Scotland SC038979

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

Current opportunities

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 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 ML3 6JT. 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.

Guide Dogs are looking for a Fundraiser to assist the local fundraising team in promoting and taking part in a variety of activities to raise money for Guide Dogs. In this role you will have the chance to take part in activities such as street collections on ‘flag’ days, helping on stalls at local events to fundraiser and keeping track of what we sell (including the cuddly toys), taking collection boxes to local businesses and counting donations.

In this role you will support a person with sight loss to get out and about in their local community, building self-confidence, increasing social interaction, and promoting independence. What you’ll be doing We rely on volunteers like you to help us improve the lives of people with sight loss. In this role your support will include: · Delivering sighted guide assistance, using skills provided in our training, on a regular basis to someone with a visual or vision impairment to help increase their confidence, varying from 3 months to 12+ months. · Meeting at agreed times/location based on the mutually agreed activity plan. · Maintaining professional boundaries and adhering to safeguarding procedures. · Providing regular feedback on partnership progress and highlighting any issues that may arise in the partnership to your key contact.

Join a community of amazing people – and incredible dogs! Become a volunteer Fundraising Group Coordinator for Guide Dogs and make a massive difference to the lives of people with sight loss. We need someone to be the face of Guide Dogs in the local community and lead a fundraising group in your area. In this lead volunteer role, you will 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. “My advice to people is that they shouldn’t be put off by the word ‘fundraising’. We’re about much more than that as a group. Yes, we do raise money. But it’s also about building relationships, recruiting more volunteers, merchandising, building a community.” – Shirley, Fundraising Group Coordinator If you don’t feel you tick every box but are sure this role is the one for you, please drop us a message and tell us why. We’re open to suggestions and happy to chat with you to find out what’s possible! What you will be doing - Building relationships and coordinating a group of fundraising volunteers to raise funds and being the key contact in a local area. Organising events. Delegating tasks and responsibilities to other volunteers within the fundraising group and making sure fundraising policies and procedures are followed; including all other volunteer roles are maintaining their required records. Skills acquired: Communication Skills, Community Development, Customer Service, Event Management, Fundraising, Interpersonal Skills, Marketing Strategy & Planning, Public Relations, Public Speaking, Teamwork, Time Management. We provide full training in the role as well as an induction to the organization. You will receive ongoing support from a designated member of staff.