Focus on: Michelle - Boarder Coordinator and My Guide Support

Michelle with guide dog LucyMy husband Ivan and I adore dogs, but we cannot have a pet because we are not sure if our lifestyle will change in the near future. We had been doing some charitable work for the homeless shelter and wanted to do something more. Ivan found out about being a volunteer boarder on the Guide Dogs website and we thought it was a brilliant idea.

I recently saw a blind person walking with his cane (without a dog) near Euston station, trying to get around the metal barrier gates but his cane kept going through the gaps of the gates, misguiding him to the wrong direction so he kept on hitting the gates. I then realised the importance of having another means of getting around and of having a guide dog.

Because of my volunteering, I feel more confident in dealing with people that I haven’t met before, I feel useful as I’m helping blind and partially sighted people, even in an indirect way, and I feel happier, not just because I now have access to dogs, but the staff in the London office are just brilliant.

It’s just an absolute pleasure to be part of the volunteer team, to help blind and partially sighted people and to contribute to society in this way.




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"It's just an absolute pleasure to be part of the volunteer team, to help blind and partially sighted people and to contribute to society in this way."

- Michelle - Boarder Coordinator