Week 6 - Guide Dogs for the Blind | NJIB
On Tuesday I went on a training course to get my level 1 sighted guide qualification. Arriving nice and early at the national training centre, ready and eager to learn. We were taught through practical learning how to aid and assist blind and visually impaired people in public. One thing I didn’t know was that if there is somebody with a guide dog in public and then are standing with the dog sitting and holding the lead (not the harness) it means they need assistance. Always remember to ask somebody with a guide dog if they need any help before assuming they do. Oh and always introduce yourself, remember they cant see you!
My final day with Guide Dogs and I headed over to Coventry University to talk to students as part of national student volunteering week. I met a group of students who had set up their own guide dogs for the blind society. None of the students themselves are visually impaired but were so moved by the day that Guide Dogs spent on campus they wanted to try and help. So after a few conversations with the charity they decided to set up a society.
I left Guide Dogs with a sense of sadness. My weeks go so fast and Thursdays are always the hardest. I feel after 4 days I have made some amazing relationships and friendships and as quickly as the week began, it’s over. I want to take this time to thank everyone at Guide Dogs for a wonderful week.