How to get started

1.    First of all, have a read and a think…

We know that when you first start thinking about volunteering, there is a lot to take in and a lot of choices out there. So have a browse of our volunteering pages, find out about the roles that you could do in your local area and find out what other volunteers think. That way, when you take the next step, you know what’s out there.

2.    Get in touch and find out what you'd like to do

If you know what you would like to do, then fantastic! Just go straight to our apply for a role today form and you're all set. If you’re not so sure then just give us a call or you can complete our register your interest form and we'll send you some more info to help you decide.

3.    Register (with details of 2 referees)

Once you’ve decided what you want to do, we can start the registration process. You can either do this online, or you can ask the Volunteering Office or your local Volunteering Consultant to do this for you. If you’re not computer savvy, don’t worry, we can send you a copy in the post or do it over the phone. We will ask for your contact information and details of two referees so that we can make sure we know all our volunteers are safe to work with our people and our dogs.

4.    Make sure the role is right for you

Once we have received your references back from your two referees (something which we get for you), we will get in touch to let you know you have completed the registration process. You will then hear from a member of staff to chat through your registration more and make sure you are applying for the right role for you.

5.    Training

Guide Dogs will send you your ‘welcome to Guide Dogs’ booklet and DVD. You will also have the opportunity to go on a general Guide Dogs introductory training session where you can find out more about what we do. And of course, you will have training in the role you will be doing so that you know everything you need to before getting started.

6.    Get volunteering!

Now, it’s time to take the plunge and start your volunteering. We look forward to hearing all about your experiences of volunteering at Guide Dogs. Don’t forget to share your stories on our facebook pages and our special Volunteer Information Point website.


We have 21 local Volunteering Consultants and a team of Volunteering Office Assistants, ready to assist you in your quest to volunteer for Guide Dogs.


Apply for a role

If you think you could help or would like to know more Apply now!