Help Guide Dogs change lives

Published on 5 June, 2024

Guide Dogs UK is a charity that relies on volunteers to help train guide dogs for people with sight loss. Claire Rossell, Volunteering Coordinator, shared some information with us on a recent visit. Around 15,500 volunteers across the UK (including 140 in Dorset!) give their time in many ways including:

  • Puppy Raisers: These volunteers provide a loving home for a guide dog puppy from 8 weeks old until around 15 months old. During this time, they help the puppy learn basic obedience and socialisation skills.
  • Puppy Walkers: Puppy walkers socialise guide dog puppies in training by taking them on short walks in a variety of places. This helps the puppies get used to different sights, sounds and smells.
  • Foster Carers: Foster carers provide a temporary home for a guide dog in training that may be going through a challenging period.
  • Fundraisers: Guide Dogs rely on volunteers to help them raise money through activities such as organising events or collecting donations.

How to volunteer with Guide Dogs

If you are interested in volunteering with Guide Dogs, visit their website to learn about the different roles available and how to apply.

The impact of volunteers

Volunteers play a vital role in the work of Guide Dogs. They help to ensure that more people with sight loss can live the life they choose. In 2022, thanks in part to their efforts, Guide Dogs created 387 new guide dog partnerships.

“A huge thank you to all our volunteers for your dedication, enthusiasm, time and ongoing support for Guide Dogs. Without you we would not be able to help people affected by sight loss live their lives to the full”.

Thank you to all the volunteers who give their time to Guide Dogs!