Community Sighted Guide
About the opportunity
The role involves -Providing sighted guide support to people with visual impairment on route, at events, and public activities (eg shopping centre, sports or cultural event, transport hub) - the volunteer would undertake Community Sighted Guide training (Level 1 of the MY GUide programme) -The volunteer would work as part of a team with other volunteers and staff and to make new people welcome - Provide feedback on progress and any issues that arise to Guide Dogs -Provide the sighted guide role at agreed times and locations. This role does not require a CRB check as the activities take place in public spaces and without requiring an ongoing relationship to be built between the volunteer and partically sighted person. NB. You will probably not be working with the same person all the time. If you would prefer to get to know one person and act as their personal guide you need to check out the MY GUIDE opportunity
About Guide Dogs
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. We have been expertly breeding and training guide dogs for more than 75 years, providing many thousands to blind and partially-sighted people of all ages and from all walks of life. We also deliver confidence-building rehabilitation services to adults, young people and children - including long cane mobility training and communication and daily living skills. Guide Dogs carries out research that provides sound scientific evidence on which to base our services, campaigns, policies and operational procedures (the way we do things). We fund ophthalmic research projects, and carry out canine research in-house. Visual impairment is a fact of life for thousands of people, and with an ageing population many more will be affected by sight loss in the future. We campaign alongside visually-impaired people for rights that most sighted people take for granted. These include access to services and transport, freedom of mobility, and provision of better rehabilitation services. Working closely with guide dog owners, service providers, other voluntary organisation and MPs, we've won major victories and have successfully lobbied to influence policies and legislation.
What are they looking for?
Good communication and interpersonal skills
able to undertake your role safely and effectively
act in a non judgemental way, without discrimination
When can you do this role?
This is a Part Time opportunity.
local would vary according to event, or situation but would be within your home area.
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Thanks to Volunteer Centre Daventry for providing this opportunity.
Telephone: 01327 300614
Opportunity last updated on Tuesday 21 October 2014.