On Fridays Blind Foundation client Parveen Shankar lends a helping hand at Guide Dogs.
Parveen has been volunteering at Guide Dogs for over a year. He works in the reception area and helps the team with general office duties.
“I answer phone queries, print reports, count pages and make folders. They show me how to carry out these tasks which is great training for me,” he says.
Part of the work involves putting together the puppy packs that go to our puppy walkers. The pack includes a bowl, lead, worm and flea tablets and a dog brush.
“It’s such a good experience; I’m learning new things and meeting new people every day. I enjoy seeing people come in with guide dogs, talking to them and giving the dogs a pat!”
Parveen says he hopes the experience from volunteering at the Blind Foundation will also help him with employment.
The Guide Dogs team appreciate having Parveen on board, Sheryl Davis, Guide Dogs Service Administration Manager says:
“Parveen assists callers and visitors to the Centre, along with many other tasks that support the work of the wider Admin team and, therefore, the Guide Dog service as a whole – he is a very reliable member of our team.”
Parveen also supports the Blind Foundation by collecting for our appeals. This year Parveen collected for the Red Puppy Appeal.
“It’s good to go out and collect for the puppies. Without the funding we can’t train the guide dogs,” says Parveen.