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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A local Guide Dogs charity are "desperate" for help from volunteers to help them make up for income lost in the pandemic. The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association provides a variety of services for people across the country that have visual impairments, offering assistance through the use of a guide dog or human volunteers. But, like many charities, the Guide Dogs have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and they are now desperate for help - in the form of human volunteers. Danielle Wilkin, volunteering coordinator for the charity in the north, said: "Due to the pandemic we've been really affected by what we can and can't do, so we've not been able to get out fund-raising. "Our sight guides [human volunteers) can't do close contact anymore and some of our dog training has been affected, as they can't do certain elements of training that they've done before. "So, at the moment, we're really desperate for fund-raisers and people to help organise fundraising." Fundraising volunteers with some of the guide dogs (Image: Guide Dogs for the Blind Association) Danielle said that the charity is renowned for fund-raising in ways that go beyond just standing outside with a collection box, as they want fund-raising to be as engaging and people-focused as it can possibly be. "Our roles have always been more than standing outside shaking a collection bucket, it's about coming together as a community", Danielle said. She added: "We broke a world record in April for the greatest virtual tea party, it was the biggest virtual tea party and loads of people got involved. "We also did 12 Days of Christmas, where people shared photos of their dogs, because the dogs are usually the main pull of fund-raising events, so people shared photos of them online. "Before the pandemic we were able to do so many events, such as food and wine tasting events, so we've always been a bit different." Read More Related Articles End of an era as ancient Sheffield pub The Travellers Inn is finally demolished Read More Related Articles Asda has launched a vegan butcher counter with meat alternatives One of the charity's most popular fund-raising activities is to take the guide dogs that are currently in training to universities and workplaces, so that people get a chance to meet (and cuddle) the dogs. Danielle said: "I don't work hands on with people who get the dogs, but anyone who gets a dog says their life is immediately changed. "There's loads of people throughout the organisation who will say that, before they got the dog, their life was so isolated.
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. "They connect with us as well, so it brings about that sense of community. And even people with sighted guides, because not everyone is a dog person, the guides are able to take them out to their local shop for example."
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Unfortunately, sighted guides have not been able to continue working with service users during the pandemic, because the role involves a lot of close contact - but they have remained on hand to speak to people on the phone who have found the lockdown lonely. "Luckily we've got so many staff on call that can be there to support people and our volunteers have been amazing at keeping in touch with people", Danielle said. For now, all fundraising efforts will be virtual but Danielle has said that the charity are just on the lookout for anyone who considers themself a "people person" and wants to help out. Danielle said: "We're not one of those companies that have a long list of criteria that volunteers have to fulfil, we just want a person who is motivated to help really." If you would like to get involved, you can email Danielle at email@example.com or apply on the Guide Dogs website.
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