Volunteer as a student

There are lots of guide dog owners across the UK who go to school, college or university. So why not dedicate just a little time to make a difference to their lives and the lives of others with sight loss, by becoming a Guide Dogs volunteer?

Give a little time. Make a big difference. Here’s how you can get involved:

Volunteer with friends

Get your friends together and organise a bake-off, pub crawl or quiz night in aid of Guide Dogs. Or maybe you're part of a sports club or society at uni– have you ever tried doing your sport with a blindfold on? Or would you like to set up your own Guide Dogs society and organise events throughout the year? You could even rope them into trying out one of our team challenges. Fancy a weekend away with friends in the Lake District? Do it in aid of Guide Dogs!

We’ll give you all the things you need; all you need to do is persuade those friends of yours.

Volunteer with some furry friends

Are you looking for something worthwhile to do over the summer? Or are you just missing your family dog whilst you’re away at uni? Join or even organise one of our sponsored dog walks (known as Dogs Unite) and you can make a difference to the lives of people with sight loss.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about what’s coming up and how you can join Team GD on our big annual events like Student Volunteering Week and Guide Dogs Week.

Give a new friend their independence

Being a student with sight loss can be lonely and daunting. Imagine how different your life would be with little or no sight. Help out your fellow students (and others) by learning how to guide someone who is blind or partially sighted. You’ll get to directly help those that need your support as well as learning such a valuable skill. Not bad for your CV either!

“For me it is important to give my time to Guide Dogs as a student because I rely on my independence whilst at university. To enable everyone, fully-sighted or not, to have the same independence and the same incredible opportunities is what motivates me.” Tilly, student and Guide Dogs volunteer

Follow Tilly’s lead. Learn a new skill. Get your friends involved. Raise some money. Have some fun. Make a difference to someone’s life.



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Meet Sarah

Sarah Pickin

I'm a maths student and a volunteer for Guide Dogs. I'm helping out by working with the data systems in place here. It's great to be able to use the skills I've learnt in my degree for something I know really makes a difference. Working in an office full of great, enthusiastic people and nearly as many dogs makes the time I spend here fly by! I'd definitely recommend volunteering as a student, it's a way of using your degree in ways you can feel really proud of, and see the differences you can make every day.

Read stories from some of our other student volunteers here.