Join the Guide Dogs community!

By bellmannews / February 15, 2024
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from Allison Wines volunteering coordinator

Joining the Guide Dogs community means that you will be helping more people with sight loss to live actively, independently, and well.

There are a variety of roles that you can get involved with. Whether you can give a minute, an hour, or a lifetime we have something for you. You can work directly with our dogs or with people who are visually impaired. You can support raising awareness of our services, organise events for us and so much more.

Without our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to reach and support as many visually impaired people as we do. We’re thankful for every one of our volunteers and would love for more people to join the Guide Dogs family. 

Why volunteer with us

We are extremely grateful to be supported by 14,000 generous volunteers! Amazingly, our volunteers donate approximately 13 million hours of their time each year.

With their constant dedication and support, we can continue providing life-changing services to those who need us. In return, we want to make sure that when you join us as a volunteer, we are there for you, every step of the way.

How We will support you 

At Guide Dogs, we want you to feel well supported throughout your time volunteering with us. When you join our community of volunteers, and during your volunteer journey with us, we will:

  • Cover all reasonable expenses for our volunteers for any volunteering activities. This can be vet bills for our volunteers who care for our dogs or travel costs to a fundraising event.
  • Our expert team who look at volunteer learning and training will develop modules that will prepare and equip you for your volunteer role.
  • You’ll have a dedicated volunteer manager for each volunteer role you do. They will be there to offer you advice and support during your time volunteering with us.
  • Keep you in the loop and inform you of all important updates through our monthly volunteer newsletter and other volunteer communication channels.
  • Connect you with other members of the family, so you can meet volunteers in your local area or fellow volunteers in your role. There is always a smiling face to meet at Guide Dogs!
  • Support you in developing new skills if you wish to.

To find opportunities in your area please visit Volunteering Opportunities | Guide Dogs UK  and pop in your postcode, alternatively please email VolunteerScotNI@guidedogs.org.ukwhere one of the team will be happy to answer any questions you may have before applying for a role.

Together we are a Guide Dogs Community