My Guide - Sighted Guide
Is this volunteering role right for me?
You must be able to give - on average - a few hours a week, and be aged 18 years old or over. This role requires that you have an Enhanced Disclosure.
What is My Guide?
My Guide is a service we offer that allows volunteers to become sighted guides. You will undergo training and learn to safely guide someone with sight loss, navigating environments and building self-confidence - all whilst increasing social interaction with those who may not otherwise wish to leave their home.
You can read much more about My Guide here
What does sighted guiding involve?
- Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss – you will be matched with a suitable partner.
- Agree on when and where you will provide the sighted guide, as part of a mutually agreed activity plan.
- You must undertake all elements of My Guide training (approximately two days).
- Always maintain professional boundaries and adhere to safeguarding procedures.
|What skills or experience are required?||What training and support will I receive?|
|Excellent communication and interpersonal skills||Sighted Guide training and certificate upon completion of training|
|Patience and flexibility||Guide Dogs safeguarding training|
|Able to undertake your role safely and effectively||Ongoing support from the My Guide team|
What are the next steps?
If you are interested in becoming a My Guide Sighted Guide volunteer, then the next step is to check if there is a opportunity available near you. You can use the search option below to find all volunteering opportunities near you and if you don't see a My Guide option - don't worry! We do update our opportunities all the time so make sure you check back in.