Volunteer opportunity: Sighted Guides for Walking Event

On Saturday 5th October 2019 we are working in partnership with local opticians Valli Opticians to run a fundraiser. It will be a sponsored walk between 3 Valli Optician branches, Meltham, Honley and Almondbury, approx. 8 miles called Valli Rally.

KVIN volunteers, service users and their families will be taking part, but we need more volunteers to help. People with a VI or who are blind can find it really useful to have a sighted person to guide them on unfamiliar roads and paths, could you help?

To become a Sighted Guide, you need to complete a training course of 3 hours to qualify to Level 1. We will organise some practice walks before the date and then you will then be ready to join us at the event and help out.

Sighted Guide Training: you will be required to attend this course run by our staff before helping at the event on Wednesday 11th September 9.30am-12.30pm at Brian Jackson House, HD1 5JP

Practice walks: we recommend attending a practice walk before the event to meet some of our volunteers and service users and get a feel for guiding, this will be on Wednesday 11th September 1pm onwards meeting at Brian Jackson House, walking to Greenhead Park.

The event: you will need to be available on Saturday 5th October from 10am-4pm all day to participate in a section or all of the sponsored walk route. The route starts at Meltham (Valli Opticians, 29 Huddersfield Rd, Meltham, HD9 4AF), stops at Honley (Valli Opticians, 30 Westgate, Honley, HD9 6AA) and ends at Almondbury (Valli Opticians, 3 Benomley Rd, Huddersfield HD5 8LR). The route is approx 8 miles.

We are looking for people who enjoy meeting new people and are enthusiastic and friendly. You will need to be fit enough to walk a long distance and you will need to be able to attend the Guiding Training and we recommend you attend the practice walk.

This is a great opportunity to give your time to KVIN to benefit local people with visual impairments. In this role you will gain increased confidence in working with people, become part of a friendly and dedicated team and have an opportunity to meet new people and make friends. You will become qualified as a Sighted Guide to Level 1.

Download the information pack here.

For more information and to register your interest contact:
Claire Drake, Volunteer and Events Coordinator
Email: claire.drake@kvin.org.uk Tel: 01484 519988 ext 225 Mobile: 07708054245

Poster for the event, Valli Rally