Guide dog group is looking for volunteers

Bigger read interview with John Rushmer, who got his first guide dog in December. ENGANL00120130314223507
Bigger read interview with John Rushmer, who got his first guide dog in December. ENGANL00120130314223507
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Guide Dogs are seeking volunteers in Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford to help in a new scheme to help blind and partially sighted people.

With the aim of reducing social isolation and improving physical and mental wellbeing amongst the visually impaired people throughout the area, Guide Dogs has introduced a new service – My Guide.

The service matches volunteers with blind and partially sighted people for a set period of time with the aim of reaching mobility goals, such as a journey to the local shops or park, attending a weekly social club, or generally just getting out of the house for a couple of hours a week. The volunteers will receive nationally recognised training- aimed at developing new skills and enabling people to give something back to the community. Volunteers are welcomed from all backgrounds, male or female, old or young, retired studying or working. Volunteers need to be over 18, able to commit a couple of hours weekly/fortnightly and happy to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. To become a My Guide volunteer or to find out more about the service please contact Guide Dogs Maidstone on 0845 3727422 or visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/my-guide.