Guide Dogs Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC038979

We provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. We also campaign for the rights of people with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care and fund eye disease research.

There are over 4,950 guide dog owners in the UK. If you are blind or partially sighted, a guide dog could change your life. Find out how we can help you get out and about.

My Guide aims to support blind and partially sighted people to get out and about with a sighted guide volunteer and do the things they want to do.

We offer a range of services and activities for children and young people and provide valuable advice for parents and teachers.

Current opportunities

Assisting your local fundraising group in organising, promoting, and taking part in a variety of activities to raise money for Guide Dogs. It costs £58,000 to support one single guide dog throughout its life, so without our amazing Fundraisers raising money for us, we would not be able to provide our life changing services! Did you know that we do not just provide life-changing guide dogs, we also provide advice, skills, emotional and practical support for children, adults and their families living with sight loss to help them live actively, independently, and well? Key activities: • Helping on stalls at local events. • Taking Collection Boxes to local businesses. • Manning collections at various venues. • Attending local events organised by the team and keeping track of what we sell on our stalls (including the cuddly toys!) • Counting donations. • Supporting a group of like-minded people planning events and raising money. What could a volunteer gain from the experience? • The satisfaction in knowing you are supporting people with sight loss to live actively, independently, and well. • An opportunity to build experience in communication and people skills. • An opportunity to interact with others, including people with Guide Dogs and members of the public.

In this flexible role as a Collection Box Coordinator, you will be responsible for placing and collecting our iconic Guide Dogs collection boxes around local venues and businesses. Collection boxes raise a huge amount of income for us, so it is a key role. This is a great role for anyone who has never volunteered before as you do not require any prior knowledge or experience. You will be able to learn new skills while giving back to the community and making new friends! You will learn a lot about visual impairments too which is important knowledge you will have for the rest of your life. It is also a great role for students as the time commitment required is flexible and the role can easily be incorporated into your daily life. Key activities • Identifying and placing collection boxes in suitable locations, moving them when needed and keeping track of where your boxes are located. • Emptying boxes every 3 to 6 months and banking the income. • Talking to people about how the boxes support Guide Dogs. • Thanking venues for agreeing to have boxes placed and for the donations received as a result.