Sighted guide service run by Guide dogs needs volunteers

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The sighted guide service run by Guide Dogs is so successful in Bedfordshire that more volunteers are needed to become My Guide practitioners.

The organisation is particularly looking for someone who is available during the day on weekdays in Leighton Buzzard.

Guide Dogs will train volunteers in sight guiding techniques developed in partnership with other organisations recognised by Vision 2000, and a nationally recognised certificate will be awarded. All training is free of charge and should you team up with a blind or visually impaired local person, any and all expenses are met.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “It is very rewarding helping someone who is blind or partially sighted re-join the community as well as being very sociable and lots of fun.

“We generally match volunteers for a period of around six months and your partner will set goals in conjunction with you at the start of your association.

“These goals could be going out for a walk, helping your partner meet and mix with different community groups, attending sporting events or other recreational activities.

“The person you are guiding may simply want some assistance to get to a bench in the park they used to visit, a coffee shop or maybe the local pub. We will match you up with someone with compatible interests so as to ensure it is an enjoyable experience for service user and volunteer alike.”

If it is something you think you might like to do, you can contact Guide Dogs Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex team on 0845 372 7429 or email welwyn@guidedogs.org.uk You can find more information at www.guidedogs.org.uk/myguide

Or meet the team at Bedford Street Showcase on Saturday, June 13, on the High Street, Bedford in the Guide Dogs marquee outside the NatWest Bank.