‘Urgent’ call for volunteers from Seaton and Honiton to help East Devon Guide Dogs group

The East Devon group supporting the Guide Dogs charity has issued an ‘urgent’ call for new volunteers from Seaton and Honiton.

The East Devon group is keen for people to join its local fundraising efforts – organising community events and collections to help raise much-needed funds.

The group said it desperately needs a volunteer coordinator to help set up events and activities.

A spokesperson for the Guide Dogs charity said: “The local branch of sight loss charity Guide Dogs is looking for new volunteers in East Devon, around Honiton and Seaton.

“They’re looking for people to join the local fundraising group, which organises community events and collections to help raise much-needed funds.”

They added: “The charity relies on donations to keep its vital services running, and has suffered from the impact of Covid-19 putting a dent in much of their face-to-face activity over the past two years.”

“Guide Dogs has local fundraising groups across the country. This means that people can volunteer in their local communities and make a difference, while getting involved with a fun and positive group.

“The East Devon group urgently needs a volunteer coordinator to help organise events and activities.”

The charity said there are around 35,000 people living with sight loss in Devon. While they are not all registered blind, their visual impairment is significant enough to impact on their daily lives.

Guide Dogs provides a range of services from the guide dog service, support for children and young people, and sighted guides to help people get out and about more.

Stephie Millin, volunteering coordinator at Guide Dogs, said: “Volunteering has so many benefits to your local community and the people you are helping, but also to yourself as a volunteer.

“Being a volunteer is so rewarding; you gain new skills, knowledge and experience, get to know other people, make new friends and it has even been proven to improve your health and wellbeing.

“Our fundraising groups are very friendly and welcoming and a great way to meet local people and make a positive difference to the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted.”

There is full training and support for volunteers. For more information and to apply, see here.

 

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