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MyGuide Sighted Guide - Knowle St Giles

Guide Dogs - Avon

Name: MyGuide Sighted Guide - Knowle St Giles
Organisation: Guide Dogs - Avon
Location: In the area of, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AA
Type: Part Time
This role is very flexible and can fit around your own life commitments, however we are generally looking for someone that can volunteer for a few hours on a weekly basis. The role requires a commitment of 6 weeks to 12+ months and you will be matched and partnered with a suitable service user.

Description

This volunteer role supports a person with sight loss to safely navigate the environment, build their self-confidence and increase their social interaction; whilst maintaining dignity and promoting independence. We partner volunteers up with someone in local travelling distance to ensure their is a good community connection.
With a couple of hours of your time, you can support a person with a visual impairment transform their life for the better.


What does the role involve?

• Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss to help them achieve their goals
• The lengths of partnerships vary, from 6 weeks to 12months+, your availability will be matched with a suitable customer
• Undertake all elements of My Guide training (approximately 2 days)
• Support access to local services and facilities in their local community
• Provide regular feedback on progress and any issues that arise to your line manager
• Provide the My Guide role at agreed times/location based on the mutually agreed activity plan
• Maintaining professional boundaries and adhering to safeguarding procedures


What will I get out of it?

• Make a life-changing difference to someone in need in your community
• Opportunity to meet and interact with other Guide dogs’ volunteers
• An opportunity to build experience and knowledge of sight loss and develop your existing skills
• Gain skills and experience whilst doing something that you enjoy
• Build experience and skills while growing your confidence
• Meet people, have fun and be part of your community
• Help a charity do more while you learn what you are good at
• Become a valued and integral part of the Guide Dogs team
• Increasing the independence, dignity and wellbeing of people living with sight loss by delivering the MyGuide service


Location: In your local community / possible travel to support people in nearby areas.


What skills or experience are required?

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Patience and flexibility
• Able to undertake your role safely and effectively
• Act in a non-judgmental way, without discrimination
• Someone who can give a couple of hours a week of their time


What support / training will I get?

• Sighted Guide Training and certificate upon completion of training
• Guide Dogs safeguarding training
• Payment of all out of pocket expenses in line with Guide Dogs policy
• An opportunity to take part in any general Guide Dogs volunteer training that is available
• Support, information, training and resources to enable you to undertake your role safely and effectively


Practical Considerations

You will need to be over 18 and we will undertake a Disclosure check
Additionally you must be able to attend 1.5 days of Sighted Guiding Training as well Guide Dogs Safeguarding Training.
Guide Dogs will pay all out of pocket expenses, offer you the opportunity to take part in any Guide Dogs volunteer training that is available and offer support, information, training and resources to enable you to undertake your role safely and effectively.

To find out more about our My Guide service please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5RHkpSTwj0

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Organisation Description

Guide Dogs is a charity that provides a wide range of services to support blind and partially sighted people and their families.

Our ambition is for a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support to live their lives to the full and we will not rest until people who are blind and partially sighted can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.

Every hour, another person in the UK loses their sight and Guide Dogs is there to make sure they receive the help and support they need.

On a daily basis our work transforms the lives of many people, helping them to lead lives of independence and freedom and we wouldn’t be able to do this without the support and dedication of our incredible volunteers.

To find out more or become part of our community, visit: www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteer


When

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening

Cause / Interests

  • Disability
  • Recreation

Types of Activity

  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Community Health & Wellbeing
  • Community Work
  • Escorting
  • General and Helping
  • Interpretation

Skills and Qualifications

Requirements

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Patience and flexibility
• Able to undertake your role safely and effectively
• Act in a non-judgmental way, without discrimination
• Someone who can give a couple of hours a week of their time


Benefits

• Make a life-changing difference to someone in need in your community
• Opportunity to meet and interact with other Guide dogs’ volunteers
• An opportunity to build experience and knowledge of sight loss and develop your existing skills
• Gain skills and experience whilst doing something that you enjoy
• Build experience and skills while growing your confidence
• Meet people, have fun and be part of your community
• Help a charity do more while you learn what you are good at
• Become a valued and integral part of the Guide Dogs team
• Increasing the independence, dignity and wellbeing of people living with sight loss by delivering the MyGuide service

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 99
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: Guide Dogs will pay all reasonable out of pocket expenses
Restrictions: NA
Induction: You have the opportunity to attend a Guide dogs induction Welcome event
Insurance Cover: Provided
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: You must be able to attend 1.5 days of Sighted Guiding Training as well Guide Dogs Safeguarding Training.
Other: To find out more about our MyGuide service please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5RHkpSTwj0 All roles are primarily advertised through our own website. to find out more about this role and apply, and to see what else we have ava

Recruitment Method

Application form, References, DBS Check, Interview