Volunteering events

At Guide Dogs we host a range of volunteering events across the UK throughout the year. These events help us to promote our volunteer roles and opportunities and range from information to recruitment events, dog shows to carnivals and open days at Guide Dog centres to fundraising events.

The Big Help Out events 2024

The Big Help Out 2024, (7-9 June) is a nationwide campaign to showcase the benefits of volunteering and encourage people to give back to their communities.  

Here at Guide Dogs, we will be hosting events all over the UK. We have all sorts of roles for volunteers, and they all help us to support people with sight loss to live the life they choose. 

We would love to welcome new volunteers into our community so pop along to one of our Big Help Out events to find out about the volunteering opportunities we offer, meet existing volunteers, staff and, if you’re lucky, some of our dogs.

All of our Big Help Out events are taking place on or around the Big Help Out weekend in June, no need to sign up, just come along on the day and look for the Guide Dogs stand.


The Big Help Out Shrewsbury.

10am – 4pm, Saturday 25th May.
Shrewsbury town square, Shrewsbury, SY1 1PL.


The Big Help Out Nottingham.

10am – 2pm, Saturday 1st June.
Tesco, 35 Jennison St, Bulwell, NG6 8EQ. 

The Big Help Out Portsmouth.

10am – 12pm, Saturday 1st June.
Tesco Extra, Solent Road, Havant, PO9 1TR. 

The Big Help Out Maidstone.

11am – 2pm, Monday 3rd June.
Fremlin Walk Shopping Centre, Maidstone, ME14 1PF.

The Big Help Out Cardiff.

10am – 2pm, Monday 3rd June.
St Davids Shopping Centre, Cardiff, CF10 2EF.

The Big Help Out Cardiff.

10am – 2pm, Tuesday 4th June.
St Davids Shopping Centre, Cardiff, CF10 2EF.

The Big Help Out Edinburgh.

10am – 2pm, Thursday 6th June.
Dobbies Garden Centre, Fife Leisure Park, Dunfermline, KY11 8EX.

The Big Help Out Belfast.

3pm – 7pm, Friday 7th June.
Grey to Green Space, 13 Kent Street, BT1 1DA.

The Big Help Out Sheffield.

10am – 2pm, Friday 7th June.
Crystal Peaks Shopping centre, Sheffield, S20 7PJ.

The Big Help Out Atherton.

4pm – 7pm, Friday 7th June.
Guide Dogs Northwest Regional Centre, Atherton, M46 0SU.

The Big Help Out Liverpool.

12pm – 3pm, Friday 7th June.
Dobbies Garden Centre, Speke, Liverpool, L24 1UX.

The Big Help Out Exeter.

9am – 1pm, Friday 7th June.
Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7JE.

The Big Help Out Bristol.

10am – 2pm, Friday 7th June.
Clifton Down Shopping Centre, Bristol, BS8 2NN.

The Big Help Out Glasgow.

10am – 2pm, Saturday 8th June.
Family Fun Run, Glasgow Green, Saltmarket, G1 5DB.

The Big Help Out Newcastle.

9am -5pm, Saturday 8th June.
Eldon Square Shopping Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7JB.

The Big Help Out Leeds.

10am – 4pm, Saturday 8th June.
Junction 32 Outlet Shopping, Castleford, WF10 4FR.

The Big Help Out Leamington Spa.

10am – 2pm, Saturday 8th June.
Guide Dogs Midlands Regional Centre, Leamington Spa, CV32 6AA.

The Big Help Out Didcot.

11am – 2pm, Saturday 8th June.
Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, OX11 7NE.

The Big Help Out Birmingham.

10am – 3pm, Saturday 15th June.
Harborne Market, York street car park, Harborne, B17 0HG.

The Big Help Out Forfar.

12pm – 4pm - Sunday 16th June.
Forfar Gala day, Myre Park, Forfar, Angus, DD8 1AZ.

Volunteering Big Help Out event FAQs

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