Guides needed to volunteer to aid local people with sight loss

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Guide Dogs Scotland is calling for volunteers in Midlothian to become someone’s eyes as part of the charity’s My Guide service.

It pairs a person with sight loss with a volunteer so they can get out of their homes and enjoy life. A free training session is being held next week for those interested in becoming a My Guide volunteer.

My Guide Ambassador Mick Seed said: “At the course we’ll be teaching people how to safely guide someone with sight loss. It’s a fun, interactive session and by the end of the day, attendees will have an increased awareness of visual impairments and knowledge about sighted guiding techniques.

“Once the training is complete, we will look to match the volunteer with someone in their area who needs support to get out and about, whether it be walking to the local high street, going to the gym, visiting a coffee shop, or even attending their local knitting club. Our My Guide partnerships enjoy a variety of activities together and we make sure our volunteers are matched to someone with similar interests.

“We ask that volunteers are able to spend two to three hours a week with their My Guide partner.

“If anyone is looking for a volunteer role where they can make a real difference to an individual in their community, this could be it.

“Alternatively, if anyone knows a person with sight loss who could benefit from having a My Guide volunteer, we would encourage them to get in touch to find out what support we can offer.”

The My Guide training event is being held at the Guide Dogs’ office at 24 St John’s Road, Edinburgh on February 7 at 10am. To book a space call 0345 143 0203 or email myguideeastofscotland@guidedogs.org.uk.