Volunteers Needed to Help Change Lives in Basingstoke
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association needs volunteers in Basingstoke to help improve the confidence and independence of visually impaired people. Some of those hoping for a volunteer have been waiting for many months, so getting involved could really help change someone’s life.
My Guide is a service that Guide Dogs offers whereby a trained, sighted guide, is partnered with someone with sight loss. My Guides accompany service users to facilitate tasks such as running errands, practicing everyday routes, using public transport, or going to the gym to build confidence in these areas.
Laura Robertson, My Guide Volunteering Manager, says “When someone loses their sight, they can also lose confidence; or in the worst cases become socially isolated. Introducing a My Guide into someone’s life makes a real difference. In volunteering a couple of hours a week, it can make the seemingly impossible, possible for a service user.”
Guide Dogs provides full training for all volunteers. To apply, go to the Guide Dogs website (https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/) and click on Volunteering or call the team on 01189 838 892.
About Guide Dogs
Every hour, another person in the UK loses their sight and if this happens to you, Guide Dogs is there to make sure you don’t lose your freedom as well.
We want everyone who experiences sight loss to be able to live their lives the way they choose and feel confident, independent and supported in the world. A UK-wide charity, we’re specialists in giving people who are blind or partially sighted the means to live life on their own terms and to step out into the world again. Find out more at guidedogs.org.uk. To help us continue our life-changing work, we rely on donations from individuals. There are almost two million people in the UK living with sight loss today, a number which is predicted to double to four million by 2050.
My Guide is the service provided by Guide Dogs which offers a mobility aid in the form of a volunteer to people who don’t have a guide dog.
To learn more about the My Guide service go to: https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/services-we-provide/my-guide/