Students already volunteering

Don't take our word for all the fantastic things students can do for Guide Dogs! Read the stories from the lovely Tillie and Ryan.

Meet Tillie from Sheffield University

"A representative from Guide Dogs came to Sheffield University over a year ago and helped us to form a student Guide Dogs group. Throughout the year we organised cake sales, socials and collections. We met amazing dogs and their amazing owners, witnessed first-hand how Guide Dogs helps those with impaired vision and raised money and awareness for the cause.

We’ve continued to arrange socials, we organised a stall at a Christmas market and ran a Christmas present wrapping service at a local shopping centre. In addition, we each undertook sighted guide training to learn how to assist someone with sight loss. The training process meant that we briefly experienced what it is like to have limited to no sight. Whilst at times this was isolating and daunting, it helped us to understand the cause that we are working towards.

For me it is important to run this society 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."

Meet Ryan from Leeds University

"We gathered on the 10th October 2014 for our first official fundraising event, the Guide Dogs Run, which was actually a night out along with our guide dog buckets. This meaningful date also signifies the nationwide Guide Dogs Week and the theme was Stand Out Neon! It was an enjoyable evening, with a fun group of people, promoting awareness as well as fundraising for Guide Dogs.

Since then we have been trained in sighted guiding and we use these skills to help students who have sight loss. The life of a visually impaired student can be quite lonely, as they are often not able to conveniently navigate themselves in this unfamiliar city, they are restricted to their own room after lessons, while waiting for the next day to repeat. Unlike us, they do not have the freedom to move around easily and hang out with their friends as and when they would like to. So the initiative project V has been started by the Guide Dogs Society to help these students enjoy the university life that they should be entitled to. We do understand that everyone is currently in a degree course and has lots of academic commitments; therefore we hope to increase our number of members in the society so that the chances of members having an hour or more to spare will be much higher!”

For more information on starting your own Guide Dogs group or society email Charli Gibson.