Guide Dogs partner with Age UK Wakefield to support people with sight loss
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With 80 per cent of people living with sight loss over the age of 60, Guide Dogs training is hugely relevant to the people the charity works with.
Volunteers received new training, delivered by the charity’s My Sighted Guide service, which teaches sight loss awareness and practical safe guiding techniques.
The Age UK Wakefield volunteers and staff received the training, as well as expert advice and guidance, from Kelle Myers, Guide Dogs’ My Sighted Guide community development officer for the North East.
Kelle said: “We understand that living with sight loss is different for everyone, so we offer services in addition to our dogs, including our My Sighted Guide service and sighted guiding training for friends, family and organisations.
“87 per cent of people with sight loss have said that improving the general public’s guiding skills would have a positive or very positive impact on their lives.
“We are proud to have partnered with Age UK Wakefield who are all very devoted to improving their skills in supporting people with sight loss.”
Pat, an Age UK Wakefield District volunteer, said: “This was an extremely useful course and not only relevant to my volunteering role but gave me a greater awareness of difficulties there can be for anyone who is visually impaired.”