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|Title:||Help Wanted To Guide People Away From Isolation|
|Author:||Guide Dogs |
|ID & Publication:||20140611011 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
The Guide Dogs charity have launched an innovative new project in Doncaster – and are looking for volunteers to help local people rediscover their freedom.
Volunteers in the ‘My Guide’ scheme act as human guides for people who are blind or partially sighted, accompanying them as they get out and about in their local area. The programme has proven successful across the country in improving the confidence of its users, and staff at Guide Dogs hope the service will have a similar impact here.
‘As well as the physical impact, having sight problems also affects people mentally,’ Dave Clough, from the charity, said. ‘Indeed, over 70% of people who are blind or partially sighted lack the confidence to join in with everyday activities that the rest of us would do without a moment’s thought. My Guide volunteers offer vital support, allowing people with sight loss to get much more involved in their community.’
‘My Guide volunteers work on a one-to-one basis, helping their partner to get out and about. Even if you can only spare an hour a week, that could make a massive difference to the self-esteem of a person with sight loss. We will provide full training and support, and reimburse any out-of-pocket expenses. We have a list of people waiting to use the service in Doncaster right now, so I would urge anybody who thinks they can help to get in touch.’
To find out more about being a My Guide volunteer, call 08453 727 424, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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