My Guide - Sighted Guide

Is this volunteering role right for me?

You need to have quite a bit of time spare and be 18 years or older for this role
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.