Staff and volunteers from Guide Dogs Cymru were in Cwmbran yesterday to appeal for residents to become My Guides. It’s a service where volunteers take visually impaired residents out and about in the community.
VIDEO: Watch Andrea Gordon talk about the role of a My Guide
Shoppers also had the chance to experience the charity’s sensory tunnel to understand the challenges and sensations of life without sight.
What does a volunteer My Guide do?
Steve Kersley, volunteer development consultant for Guide Dogs, said: “Many people with sight loss find the world a frightening place and rarely leave home. My Guide gives them the freedom and confidence to get back out into the community.
We are currently recruiting volunteers in the Cwmbran area to take on this rewarding role, and we take care to get the right match of personality and interests. For example, a blind or visually impaired person may wish to work towards going to the football.
“Each volunteer might only give an hour a week, but it needs to be a regular commitment. Specialist training is given, leading to a qualification that can be added to a CV.”
How do I volunteer as a My Guide?
Contact Steve Kersley on 07785 907728 or email [email protected] and he will give you more information.