Guide Dogs charity needs new volunteers in Bassetlaw

Could you be volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind in Bassetlaw?
Could you be volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind in Bassetlaw?

A well-established group of fund-raisers are searching for volunteers to help them raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

There are around 180,000 blind and partially sighted people living in the UK who find it difficult to leave home on their own.

Guide Dogs wants to change that, but as it receives no Government or statutory funding it relies entirely on the generosity of the public.

It costs more than £5,000 to breed and train each guide dog puppy and the lifetime cost of a guide dog is nearly £50,00.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Bassetlaw & District branch need volunteers to help plan and organise a range of fund-raising activities.

These include supermarket collections, community events such as craft fairs and getting local schools, youth groups and companies to take part in the group’s Name a Puppy scheme.

The group is looking for volunteers who would be able to help and assist with the planning, organising and delivery of events.

This can range from sparing a few hours on an ad-hoc basis to help at the event or being more hands-on by attending branch meetings and devising fund-raising activities.

If you are the outgoing and sporty type, the charity also has opportunities to take part in challenge events on behalf of the group.

Or alternatively, people can become collection box co-ordinators.

The role can fit around the lifestyle and schedule of the volunteer.

They place collection boxes in suitable locations and empty them every two-three months, banking the income or passing the funds on to the branch treasurer.

David Clough, Guide Dogs for the Blind’s volunteer consultant, said: “Joining a fundraising group is a wonderful opportunity for someone to make a difference to their community.

“They’ll have the opportunity to build experience, meet people and help support Guide Dogs.”

If you would like to find out more about the role, please contact David Clough at david.clough@guidedogs.org.uk or on 0345 143 0221.

Alternatively to apply for a role within the charity, visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteer