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  • Charity for the blind seeks local My Guide volunteers

    Henry James

    GUIDE Dogs, the charity for the blind, is looking for people who want to make a difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people in Skelmersdale and surrounding area by becoming My Guide volunteers.

    My Guide is the charity’s free service that helps people with a vision impairment get out of their homes and into the community with a volunteer as their sighted guide.

    The charity’s My Guide manager, Kerry Singleton, said: “My Guide volunteers will make a very real difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people, learn new skills and give something back to the community.”

    Volunteers will spend a few hours a week with a service user, making trips out to activities that the pair will agree at the start of their relationship.

    Journeys could be to the shops, to a café, theatre or maybe a sport event - any activity the service user wants to take part in.

    Volunteers, who must be prepared to go through a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, take part in a nationally-recognised training course, developed by Guide Dogs.

    Kerry added: “All volunteers will have the satisfaction of knowing they have contributed to an independent lifestyle for their blind and partially sighted partners.”

    More information on how to become a My Guide volunteer is available from Kerry by calling 0345 143 0215 or by email at kerry.singleton@guidedogs.org.uk.

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