Opportunities Fair for local volunteers


People looking to gain new skills, improve their career options or make a valuable contribution to the local community are being invited to a special information day this month.

The Beacon Centre for the Blind has organised a Volunteering Opportunities Fair, in partnership with Guide Dogs, to provide information about ways to get involved in local projects

The event takes place at the Beacon Centre in Sedgley on Thursday 28th November, from 4pm-7pm, and will include representatives from both charities who can help potential volunteers find the right role to suit their experience and personality.

Jenni Fryer, fundraising manager for the Beacon Centre, said: “Volunteers make a vital contribution to our work and that of Guide Dogs. In fact many of services and activities wouldn’t happen without them.


“But volunteering also has powerful benefits for the volunteers themselves.


“Here in the West Midlands there are hundreds of ways you can build up your CV to find a new job, learn new skills, increase your confidence, or widen your circle of friends.”


Volunteering options with Beacon include working in one of the charity’s seven shops, fundraising, office and administration support, drivers and money box collectors, helping in the centre or supporting independent living through the ‘ActivEyes’ activity programme.


Guide Dogs is currently appealing for ‘puppy walking’ volunteers in Dudley, Sedgley and Wolverhampton to provide puppies with full-time care and education from seven weeks of age until they are between 12 and 14 months old when the puppies are then returned to the charity to begin their formal guide dog training

Puppy walkers attend regular training classes and receive lots of support from Guide Dogs’ staff

Valerie Jobes, volunteering consultant for Guide Dogs, explains: “Our puppy walkers play an essential role – if we don’t have puppy walkers, we don’t have guide dogs.  We have puppies waiting for a suitable home

“The role is challenging and it’s a real commitment to take a puppy in to your home for a year, but with the support of Guide Dogs’ staff, our volunteers find it extremely rewarding and worthwhile to raise a dog who will one day give a blind or partially-sighted person confidence and independence.”

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