Guide Dogs needs new volunteers

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Guide Dogs is calling for big-hearted souls in Fraserburgh, Banff and Peterhead to help us with our work by opening new fundraising branches as well as recruiting for volunteer puppy walkers in the area.

Anyone interested in finding out more should come along to an Information Days we are holding to find out just what’s involved:

5 April 2011, between 2.00 and 4.00pm at Old Parish Church, 5 Barrasgate Road, Fraserburgh

April 6th 2011, between 10:00am and 12 noon at Peterhead Baptist Church, 30 West Road, Peterhead, AB42 2AL

on 5 April 2011, between 10.00am and 12 noon at Banff Parish Church, High Street

The new branches will need branch organisers, treasurers and fundraising volunteers who are willing to organise a range of fun events that will help raise awareness about the charity and also generate some much-needed funds.

Gena McMullan, Development Fundraiser, said: “The lifetime cost of a guide dog from birth to retirement is nearly £50,000 and we currently have 4,500 guide dog partnerships in the UK but Guide Dogs receives no government or statutory funding. We rely entirely on the generosity of the public to provide a service that makes a massive difference to the lives of blind and partial sighted people.”

Our branch organisers are happy to take the lead and work with other volunteers in organising fundraising activities - everything from street collections to abseiling. If you’re good at motivating others and like a challenge then we want to hear from you. ranch treasurers don’t have to be Carol Vorderman, but if you have basic numerical skills and like tallying up money then we could really do with your help.

Volunteering with your local Guide Dogs branch means you’ll join a friendly team and meet new people (as well as some of our fabulous four legged friends). You could be doing anything from helping out at a street collection to selling our trading goods - from cuddly toy pups to pens.

“We are also looking for volunteer Puppy Walkers in the area to care for and develop one of our puppies. Puppy walking is a crucial part of the Guide Dogs’ work. Although done on a voluntary basis, it will take a lot of time, commitment and love from both you and your family. The end result however, is a very special animal indeed.

“Most importantly, by giving a little of your time, you’ll be making a real difference by helping Guide Dogs enable blind and partially sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else,” she added.

You can contact Gena direct for an informal chat by phoning 07909 935 529.

You can also get more information on volunteering with Guide Dogs by going to www.guidedogs.org.uk, emailing: volunteer@guidedogs.org.uk or calling 0845 371 7771.