Focus on: Lara - Head of Volunteering

I joined Guide Dogs in 2004 for two Lara - Head of Volunteeringreasons, I wanted to actively use my expertise in helping shape Volunteering in Guide Dogs, and because my mother is blind. I'm hugely passionate about people having as much independence to be able to live their lives in the manner that they wish to do so.

My national remit means that my work varies hugely which is one of the reasons I love working for Guide Dogs, no two days are ever the same. I could be liaising with an external organisation such as RNIB or CSV on best practice and strategic direction in the voluntary sector, or chatting with a volunteer that I have met when I'm out and about on my travels. My day may also involve cross-functional working with colleagues ensuring consistent, high standards are met and that volunteering is integral to all areas of the organisation. I enjoy the variety of people I work with, be that staff or volunteers, each bring their own valuable contribution and ideas. Guide Dogs for me is moving to a new, smarter way of working; one which I'm excited to be part of.

Without our 12,000 volunteer workforce, it just wouldn't be feasible to reach as many blind and partially sighted people as we do and that's something I feel hugely proud to be part of.




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"I wanted to actively use my expertise in helping shape Volunteering in Guide Dogs"

- Lara - Head of Volunteering at Guide Dogs