My Guide training can change lives

Rosalind Wallace, My Guide ambassador training volunteer Margaret Burgoyne from Bonnybridge.
Rosalind Wallace, My Guide ambassador training volunteer Margaret Burgoyne from Bonnybridge.
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Volunteers were given the difficult task of experiencing life without sight at a Guide Dog Scotland training event in Falkirk.

The My Guide scheme aims to partner volunteers with a blind or partially sighted person to help them get out and about in the community.

The service is relatively new but My Guide ambassador Rosalind Wallace is hoping it takes off in future through word of mouth.

She said: “We’ve had enquiries since the training course took place so we’re getting more interest now.

“The main part of the training was to learn how to guide someone safely through doors or up and down stairs.

“We do teach people about the emotional impact of sight loss as well but it’s mainly practical.”

Volunteers took to Monday’s course in Falkirk Town Hall quite naturally she said and Margaret Burgoyne from Bonnybridge was one of this week’s trainees.

More training courses are planned for the Falkirk area, although the date is not yet finalised.

Rosalind said: “We do courses to meet demand so if we have a lot of people waiting we’ll run another course.

“There were a few people waiting in the area but because it’s a relatively new idea the numbers are quite small.”

She said being paired with a blind or partially sighted person can make a real difference to their lives and can enhance your CV. Volunteers can also learn new skills, make friends and give back to their community.

For more information about upcoming courses e-mail myguide@guidedogs.org.uk or call 0845 372 7499.