A service offering human guides to blind and partially-sighted people who cannot work with dogs needs a volunteer to help a Sleaford man.
Guide Dogs For The Blind Association is showing off its newest canine recruit, Oscar (pictured) – and raising awareness that sometimes only a ‘guide human’ will do.
This is certainly the case with the Sleaford man who lost his sight suddenly and needs helps learning to walk into town with a white cane.
This is where their new service, My Guide, comes in.
A spokesman for the charity said: “My Guide is a volunteer who may be able to spend two hours per week with the person in need, either to read letters, or get them out for some fresh air, perhaps to the shops or a sporting venue.”
One My Guide volunteer, retired salesman John Taylor, said of his role: “I don’t have a wet nose and a wagging tail, but I try to do the same job.”
The main reason a human guide is needed is there is a waiting list for guide dogs – but others may not be able to work with a dog for various reasons.
Across the UK, 180,000 blind and partially-sighted people experience isolation and loss of independence because of their sight loss.
l If you can volunteer a few hours a week to be a My Guide, go to www.guidedogs.org.uk/myguide for more details.