Guide dog group seek volunteers

A charity helping improve people’s lives is in need of funding and volunteers as it aims to support 11,000 this year.

Guide Dogs local mobility team has pledged to reach out and support more of the 11,000 people with sight loss in Northumberland during 2015 – but they need help.

The guide dog service receives no funding from the government and is looking for people to volunteer in any of a number of roles on offer.

Charlotte Stephenson,18, who has Guide Dog Berry, said: “People my age want to go out with their friends and do the usual things like go to college or on holiday.

“Berry has let me do this and so much more.

“I know that volunteers including puppy walkers, fundraisers and boarders made it possible for me to have Berry and I hope that people will be able to spare a few hours to help change someone’s life.”

Claire Devine, Volunteering consultant for Guide Dogs in Northumberland says, “Our friendly and welcoming team would love to help people fulfil a New Year pledge and we have roles to suit a variety of interests and skills.

“Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and improve your cv and employability.”

To find out more about how to volunteer for Guide Dogs contact Claire Devine on 0845 3727423 or