Presentation on theme: "Guide Dogs Volunteering. About us 50 roles available nationally 30+ of these regionally These include puppy walker, researcher, fundraiser, speaker co-ordinator,"— Presentation transcript:
About us 50 roles available nationally 30+ of these regionally These include puppy walker, researcher, fundraiser, speaker co-ordinator, speaker trainer, trainer, maintenance assistant, fundraising roles, driver, admin support, campaigner…….. 11000 volunteers nationally 400+ roles filled in the North East and Cumbria
What We Offer A new ‘slick’ registration procedure Detailed generic and role specific induction and training Ongoing training in safeguarding, sighted guiding, volunteer management, public speaking, working with the media A named staff contact with regular contact and support Regular meet and greet sessions with mobility team staff and fellow volunteers A volunteer picnic to say thank you! A volunteer extranet Regular national and regional newsletters Volunteer Voices A friendly and welcoming atmosphere from staff who value our volunteers and the contribution they make to Guide Dogs
Why I do it! Al- Guide Dog Owner, Fundraiser, Speaker, Rep on volunteer voices group My Guide Dog Gypsy has changed my life. I wanted to give something back
Why I Do It! Barrie – Fundraiser I enjoy meeting people and working for a charity that helps people where you can see where the funds go, plus working with a small team of “friends”. Elaine- Puppy Walker, Fundraiser, Speaker (walking 10 th puppy!) I’m fitter and healthier from all the walking. I’ve gained new friends. Improved my confidence in public. The general public are more friendly because of dogs. I’ve learned more about living with disabilities.
Our Challenges for 2013 To further develop our ‘customer’ services and extended training programme Filling ‘niche’ roles- Campaigners, Recruitment Ambassadors, Key Fundraising Volunteers Changing perceptions ‘beyond the dog’- only a small number of our volunteering roles are with dogs Build on our excellent reward and recognition initiatives from last year. Recognise our hard working or long serving volunteers who are ‘below the radar’