My Guide Volunteering
My Guide is a free service that helps people with a vision impairment get out of their homes and into the community with a volunteer as their sighted guide.
Volunteer Sighted Guides are matched with someone living with sight loss. Together they work towards personal aims, confidence and supporting the person to reconnect with their community, interests and hobbies.
Anne, a My Guide volunteer, says: “I had never realised how important the My Guide role was until I volunteered with Guide Dogs. As a My Guide you are matched wherever possible with a client with very similar interests and my first match was a success immediately. The client and I worked together for 14 months usually meeting once a week. Their confidence grew week by week which was really great and satisfying to experience. The client had been trained to use a cane and had me to support them getting a on a bus into town one of their goals. We would work together to orientate around bus stations, find the lifts in department stores plus various other key places they might need.”
This exciting and fulfilling volunteering opportunity would suit someone who likes to get out and about and could spare two to three hours a week. Full My Guide training and ongoing support and supervision are provided. Volunteers must be 18+ and would require a DBS check.
Find out more about the role here