My Sighted Guide Volunteer

Guide Dogs Northern Ireland

Hours

Ideally 6-12 month commitment
2-3hrs a week, at a time that suits volunteer and person with sight loss.

Where we are

Guide Dogs Northern Ireland
Unit 17
18 Heron Road
Belfast
BT3 9LE

About the Volunteer Opportunity

Guide Dogs NI are looking for friendly, enthusiastic volunteers who enjoy going for a walk, a coffee and a having a chat.

My Sighted Guide services matches a person with sight loss with a sighted guide volunteer. A sighted guide volunteer is someone who helps a person living with sight loss get out and about confidently in their local area. You will be provided with full training to allow you to safely guide and navigate someone with sight loss, all whilst building your partner’s confidence and social interaction!

My Sighted Guide partnerships do lots of different things together, like going to art galleries, comedy shows and hill walking… the list goes on! It is a perfect opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, experience new things and gain confidence while helping someone else… “We meet up every Saturday afternoon and it is a lovely few hours, simply being part of My Sighted Guide and being part of my partner’s life is just great!”

The role requires attendance at 2 full days training. You will attend level 1 and 2 safeguarding training, as well as sighted guide training.


Induction will be completed, as well as ongoing support and check ins from your named contact/ volunteer manager. Partnerships have regular reviews and you will be given a contact name and number of a key person that you can check in or raise questions and concerns with. If at any time, further training or extra support is needed, it will be given.

This role requires an enhanced disclosure check through Access NI, there is no charge for this.

 

About the Organisation

When someone loses their sight, Guide Dogs Northern Ireland is there to make sure they don’t lose their freedom as well.

We want to change the way that sight loss affects people’s lives. To do this, we help everyone with sight loss – and their families – through life-changing mobility services to adults, children and young people with sight loss throughout NI.

We also work to break down barriers by campaigning alongside people living with sight loss to ensure that they can get out and about on their own terms.

So if you’d like to know more about our services, or how you can help make a difference by volunteering, fundraising, donating or campaigning, we’d love to hear from you.

By getting involved, you can be a life-changer.

www.guidedogs.org.uk/guide-dogs-northern-ireland/

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Register your interest

Volunteers may be required to complete an Access NI disclosure for some volunteering roles.  A criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a volunteer position.