Helping more blind and partially sighted people become independent
An estimated 180,000 blind and partially sighted people never go out alone. The Sighted Guiding Service aims to change this by helping people with sight loss get out of their homes and engage with their community, rebuilding their confidence and independence.
The Sighted Guiding Service is a collaboration between Guide Dogs and local organisations. It is currently running as a pilot scheme in five areas. By the end of 2011, we hope to have 35 Sighted Guiding Services up and running, with a further 45 planned for 2012.
How does it work?
The Sighted Guiding Service is a three-to-six month partnership between a blind or partially sighted person and a volunteer. The local society matches a service user with a volunteer who has been CRB checked and has received training endorsed by VISION 2020.
The volunteer will regularly guide the service user to shops or community events. This enables service users to build lasting relationships with community members, who can in turn support their ongoing independence once the partnership comes to an end.
For further information about the Sighted Guiding Service please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0118 983 8187