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Guide Dogs launches life-changing new scheme

A new pilot scheme has been launched in the East Riding which matches blind and partially sighted people with a trained volunteer who will spend a few hours a week guiding their partner on trips out to activities that the pair will agree at the start of their relationship. Administered by the national charity Guide Dogs, with grant aid from East Riding Council, the My Guide Service is designed to bring independence to blind and partially sighted people in the area.

Guide Dogs is actively recruiting volunteers who are able to commit a few hours a week to helping blind or partially sighted people. Suzanne Allott, My Guide Ambassador for Guide Dogs, told Beverley FM: “The scheme will help to change the lives of people who have become isolated because of their sight loss.

“Guide Dogs recognises that dogs are not the solution for everyone,” said Suzanne. “If you or a family member need help taking the first steps back on the road to independence, then please do get in touch.” For more information about My Guide, visit