Guide Dogs need more ‘walkers’

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A puppy roadshow is coming to the centre:mk as the local Guide Dogs team hope to attract more dog walkers and sighted guides in the city.

On October 29, from 10am to 2pm, the team will be at the community zone to talk to anybody interested and allow them to meet some of their dogs.

Puppy walkers house a puppy for around a year and will do basic training, but Guide Dogs pay for the vet and feeding cost and even give the a small allowance for treats and toys.

Clare Burgess, volunteering consultant for the local team, said: “My Guide volunteers are trained sighted guides and are matched up with a local Blind or partially sighted person to meet each week for an hour or two to work their way through different activities to build confidence in getting out and about.

“These activities could include going to the local shops or visiting a café. The match between the volunteer sighted guide and the service user lasts for between three and six months before they are re-matched to help someone else”.

If you think you could help with any of the above, please get in touch with Clare by emailing clare.burgess@guidedogs.org.uk