What can I do?
A little overwhelmed by choice?
If you know what you want to do, browse the links on the inner pages. Or read these tips on what might interest you.
“I don’t have very much time…”
Even if you've only got 5 minutes, you can still make a difference. You could give your support to one of our campaigns, give a donation or give an hour of your time to an event. You could support our challenge events or you can help your local group by collecting at local events and doing some fundraising.
“I want to help someone directly who is blind or partially sighted”
My Guide could be just right for you! Our My Guide volunteers help someone with sight loss in their community to get out and about more with the volunteers’ sighted guiding assistance. All our volunteers will be able to learn how to sighted guide someone with sight loss, just ask your local Volunteering Consultant how.
“I want to work with the dogs”
We have a few different roles that involve contact with our dogs. But if you want to, you will most likely get to meet dogs in many of our other roles such as fundraising too. Puppy walking is where you get to care for a guide dog puppy in your own home for about from 6 weeks to when it reaches around 14 months. Intense but so rewarding! Depending on where you live, you might also be able to help by being a boarder and providing bed and breakfast to some dogs in training, or by helping to transport some of our dogs and puppies as a driver. If you live near one of our training schools you could help out in our kennels. Or, if you live near our National Breeding Centre in Leamington Spa, you could look after the mum and dad dogs, our breeding stock.
“I’m a very outgoing and sociable person”
Our supporter groups are made up of volunteers that go out come rain or shine and raise awareness and funds for Guide Dogs. Within the groups there are lots of different roles. You could be helping the group to organise events, tally funds or place our cute counter top collection boxes. Either way, it’s a really flexible and sociable role where you’ll meet some fantastic people. Go to the fundraising link to find out more.
“I have a skill that I’d like to offer to Guide Dogs”
Although we have lots of established roles, we would welcome any other skills that you might be able to bring, whether it is from your current working life or a past role. Recently, we have been very privileged to have the support of volunteer trainers and photographers, and support from volunteers with consultancy and IT project management experience. Let us know what your skill is and we will find out if there is a way that you and your specialist skill can support Guide Dogs.
You can find out more about any of these roles mentioned going on the links to the full descriptions on the left of this page or by contacting one of our team. And if you can go to our register now pages, you can type in your postcode and find out what roles are available in your area.