Could you help someone with sight loss get out and about? Charity seeking volunteers Could you help someone with sight loss get out and about? Charity seeking volunteers
Could you help someone with sight loss get out and about? National Charity seeking sighted guide volunteers – training provided. It’s a Wednesday morning,... Could you help someone with sight loss get out and about? Charity seeking volunteers

Could you help someone with sight loss get out and about? National Charity seeking sighted guide volunteers – training provided.

It’s a Wednesday morning, and two men are heading out for a walk before grabbing a cup of tea in a local café.

The easy flow of conversation would suggest that it’s two old friends catching up; however, this outing is part of the My Guide scheme organised by the charity Guide Dogs Scotland.

Brodie Pryke is a My Guide volunteer, who help people with sight loss get out and about. Brodie volunteers once a week, and uses his sighted guiding skills that he learned through Guide Dogs to safely guide his partner.

When Brodie retired in 2011 he was keen to find something to keep him active, mentally and physically.  My Guide certainly ticks the boxes. “My descriptive skills when I visited Kelvingrove Art Gallery one outing were put to the test,” said Brodie.

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As well as art galleries, through My Guide Brodie has assisted people to use public transport, go to the shops, and attend the gym.

Since joining Guide Dogs, Brodie has been part of two partnerships. “All of the activities we have undertaken have been things which I enjoy myself so I look forward to the visits,” said Brodie.

“Being a My Guide volunteer gives me a great deal of personal satisfaction. Being able to help someone with sight loss to do things which they may not be confident of doing on their own has certainly given me a more positive outlook on life.

My Guide partnership, with Brodie on the right, smiling and enjoying the sunshine.

My Guide partnership, with Brodie on the right, smiling and enjoying the sunshine.

“It’s a great opportunity to make friends, increase your self-esteem, and have great job satisfaction all whilst providing a valuable service to others.

“My experience proves that My Guide partnerships benefit, without any doubt, both the person with sight loss and the volunteer.

There are people with sight loss across Renfrewshire waiting to be paired with an enthusiastic volunteer.

Could you spare a couple of hours a week? Or could you, or someone you know, benefit from this service?

There is no charge for the service, and applicants do not need to be registered blind or partially sighted.

Please get in touch with Sheena MacKinnon, My Guide Ambassador, on 07785 433 227 or email: sheena.mackinnon@guidedogs.org.uk.

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