Life Changing Sighted Guide Scheme Launched on the Isle of Wight

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Sight for Wight, in collaboration with Guide Dogs, are launching a free scheme on the Isle of Wight called My Guide. The scheme matches a person living with sight loss with a volunteer. Together they meet for a couple of hours every week and work on aims, goals and confidence. 

Chief Executive, Miriam Tong, said: “As the Island’s long-established independent sight loss charity, we are delighted to be working with national charity Guide Dogs to deliver their My Guide programme locally to support islanders affected by sight loss.”                                                                                                           

The scheme is ideal for anyone living with sight loss who would like to improve on their independence. Maybe you would like to join a local hobby group but need some assistance familiarising yourself with the area. Or you would like to learn a route to your local shops. With your volunteer you can realise these aims.

Sight for Wight is currently recruiting for volunteer My Guides. You could make a real practical difference to someone living with sight loss. This exciting and fulfilling volunteering opportunity would suit someone who likes to get out and about and could spare two to three hours a week. Full training, following the Guide Dogs My Guide certificated programme, and ongoing support and supervision are provided.  Volunteers must be 18+ and would require a DBS check.

The one day training programme for interested volunteers is available at Millbrooke House on each of the following dates: Wednesday 5th September, Tuesday 9th October or Tuesday 27th November.

To find out more, please drop in for coffee and a chat at Sight for Wight’s Newport base at Millbrooke House, 137 Carisbrooke Road on Wednesday 25th July between 10.00am and midday where you will be able to speak to staff and find out further information. Alternatively, please contact Sight for Wight Member Services Manager, Laura Jasper, on 01983 522205.

Pictured left to right are: Laura Jasper – Member Services Manager, Katie Loucaides – My Guide Trainer, Miriam Tong - CEO, Hazel Kelly – My Guide Trainer