Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind

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 to enjoy the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities as everyone else


Current opportunities

Provide temporary accommodation for a dog at home on behalf of Guide Dogs, and to comply with the Boarders Agreement in relation to the welfare and handling of the dog or puppy. For more information, contact emma Murton via emma.murton@guidedogs.org.uk or 0345 143 0203. During Training, boarding is overnight and at weekends from the age of 12 months. - Early Training Boarders take younger dogs for 16 weeks - Advanced Training Boarders take dogs for the next 10 weeks - In some cases it is possible to board for the entire 26 weeks training period Puppy Boarders, Brood Bitch and Stud Dog Boarders support those volunteers who home puppies or breeding dogs full time, for example taking the dog full time if a volunteer is not able to take it on holiday or they are taken ill Client Boarders board working dogs for short periods full time on those occasions clients are unable to make their own arrangements At some sites a small number of Respite Boarders support teams when we need someone to care for dogs unexpectedly. This is for varying periods, for example taking dogs full time if they don’t settle in kennels, are unwell or they are withdrawn from training. What does the role involve? - Training Boarders need to drop off their dogs 8-9am and pick up 5-6pm at a Guide Dogs site or a site near a trainer's home. Local teams can discuss details and maximum travel time possible - Willing to provide a welcoming and safe environment for a dog or puppy for the time required. Providing a consistent home is particularly important for our dogs in training - Ensuring the dog or puppy is fed and exercised as directed - Embedding the same behaviour and commands as your supervisor - In the event of an emergency, ensure the dog or puppy receives veterinary care and Guide Dogs is informed immediately

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 to volunteer or fundraise on behalf of Guide Dogs What will I get out of it? • Meet a variety of local groups and people • Enjoy giving information about Guide Dogs’ aims which enable blind and partially-sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else

ITo 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 What does the role involve? • Identifying and placing collecting boxes in suitable locations • Talking to the shop owner, receptionist etc. at the location about how the boxes will help Guide Dogs and what we do • Empting boxes every 3-6 months (as they get full) and banking the income through the paying in book provided. Give a receipt and letter of thanks to the hosts • Keeping a written record of the location of all boxes for your supervisor, the dates they are emptied and the dates/amounts banked • If boxes aren’t collecting much, you’ll decide to move them to a better location. Your supervisor may also ask you to remove boxes • Reporting any stolen boxes to the local Mobility Team • Spotting the potential for further fundraising amongst the box holders for Community Fundraiser What will I get out of it? • Support us to enable more blind and partially-sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else • An opportunity to build experience for your CV

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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