Guide Dogs have an enthusiastic small team of volunteers in South Birmingham but they need more help, if volunteering is something you have been thinking about this might be just what you are looking for.
Shirley Buckley the branch organiser has this to say about helping people who are blind or partially sighted by volunteering for Guide Dogs:
“I used to be a Guide Dog Owner myself and want to give something back to an organization that has helped me so much which is why I volunteer, but you don’t have to have a link to guide dogs or even be a dog owner to be involved with helping the branch, Guide Dogs is all about helping people get out and about, not everything revolves around dogs although a lot of conversation is dog based!
We have traditional store collections in the area, and we also have stalls at Fetes, we would like to do “Go Walkies” sponsored dog walk events and sometimes social events, but due to the low numbers of people in our group at the moment we haven’t got the capacity to do that, we hope that by increasing our numbers we can also increase our variety of fund raising thereby providing something for everyone’s interest.”
Viv Jones the areas Community Fundraiser says “What fascinates me about Guide Dogs is that connection between person and animal and the huge difference that an animal can make to a person’s life. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the difficulties faced by people who are visually impaired. I cannot begin to imagine how hard it would be to lose your sense of sight, but I know it would be easier to have a dog beside you every day.
Talking to people at collections, giving someone a few minutes of your time and explaining about the work of guide dogs makes you feel like you are making a difference. Our fundraising and awareness events are vital as the Guide Dog Service receives no Government funding and every minute of every day, Guide Dogs spends £100 to make independence possible for blind and partially sighted people. Guide Dogs provide a range of mobility services and works to break down barriers so that people who are blind and partially sighted can get out and about on their own terms transforming the lives of around 4,600 people every year.”
We have branches in many areas but specifically need people from Kings Heath, Cotteridge, Stirchley, Moseley, Northfield, Kings Norton, Druids Heath and Bournville to join us.
If you think you would like to get involved regardless of where you live please contact the Birmingham Mobility Team on 08453 727434 or email Birmingham@guidedogs.org.uk our Community Fundraiser Viv Jones or Volunteer Development Co-Ordinator Michelle Parsons would love to talk to you and introduce you to the branch.