Guide Dogs for the Blind work with you to improve your independence by increasing your ability to get out and about
Sighted guiding helps you to build self-confidence, increase social interaction and be part of the community.
What are some of the benefits of partnering with a My Guide sighted guide?
Choosing the things you want to do and what you want to achieve. They will work with you to improve your independence by increasing your ability to get out and about.
Taking part in social, leisure and fitness activities such as walking, going to the local gym or accessing local community activities.
Making new friends and connections within your community.
Increasing your confidence in moving about and feeling safer, you get to do the things you want to do through regular outings.
How do I apply for My Guide?
In the first instance get in touch with Guide Dogs for the Blind by phone or email. They will chat through your requirements to ensure this is the right service for you and then take you through the following steps:
- a simple assessment to help us understand how My Guide can best work for you
- matching you with an approved My Guide volunteer who has received full training - this will include a meeting to ensure you feel comfortable working together
- Once fully matched you and your sighted guide can work towards your chosen goals including accessing your local community. The partnership is regularly reviewed and either party can withdraw with no obligation at any time and our local staff are always available to offer support or answer any questions you may have.
Where we aim to deliver the My Guide service nationally, in some areas we may not be able to do so as this relies on the support and availability from volunteers. In these situations we can offer friends and family training.