A recent report by Guide Dogs, revealed that over 42% of people with sight loss feel that they are ‘left out’ of everyday moments, such as socialising, family life and work. To tackle the problem, the charity is calling on people to sign up to become a ‘My Guide’ volunteer. My Guide is a free service that matches trained sighted volunteers to a person with sight loss, helping them to build confidence and take part in social and leisure activities.
Alan, a former World Championship rower, lost his sight at a young age. Alan enjoys leading an active life, which he says would not be possible without the My Guide service. Alan is matched with volunteer Karen, who helps Alan to go to the gym. The two were matched because of their mutual interest in fitness and sport. Karen applied to become a My Guide volunteer after leaving her job, and says she enjoys helping Alan pursue the interests he loves.
If you think you could help someone like Alan, contact Volunteer Manager Elizabeth Felgate on 0345 1430221 or email Elizabeth.Felgate@guidedogs.org.uk. Applicants will need to be over 18 years of age and willing to undergo training.