Trained volunteers to support visually impaired people to enable them to take part in activities
The Guide Team are trained volunteers who support people affected by sight loss to enable them to take part in activities and in doing so keep them as safe as possible. Within Fitmums and Friends the team provide support for people who specifically want to join in activities such as running, walking or bootcamp sessions. We can offer guide support at one of our weekly club sessions and possibly at races, parkrun or other events.
To undertake this role Guides have completed training and accreditation via England Athletics which involves attendance at a Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running Workshop (details below) as well as clearance through the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.
We try to offer support for every ability of fitness so whether someone is just beginning to walk/run a mile or is preparing for a 10k, half marathon or marathon we will do our best to match with appropriate support. This obviously depends on the availability of our volunteer team but we do try our very best to help if we possibly can. Guide Support is not yet available at every Fitmums and Friends club but it is possible to explore guide support via the England Athletics “Find a Guide” database as well as via our own team.
If you would like help to find a Guide in your area please get in touch – we would be happy to help. If you are interested in becoming part of the Guide Team, we would love to hear from you too – please email email@example.com.
Some of the information from the guide runner training is available for download below.
Photos courtesy of David Reeves BBC Radio Humberside