Students team up with guide dog charity

A group of students from Shrewsbury College have been praised for their hard work and dedication during a volunteering project at the See and Hear Shropshire exhibition, which took place earlier this month at Shrewsbury Sports Village.

The annual event, now in its ninth successful year, was free and open to the public and a vast range of local and national exhibitors attended.

A group of Level 2 Computing students were given the opportunity to get involved at the event, by The Guide Dogs for the Blind– who approached the College to offer the chance to train volunteers to become walking guides.

The volunteers took part in a two-day training programme which resulted in them achieving not only the skills to help out at the event, but a Level 1 qualification as a walking guide.

Lorraine Burrage, Agency Project Coordinator, at Shrewsbury College, said: “We are very proud of how the students coped under the pressure of the event. They were fantastic ambassadors for the College and they were all keen to get involved, which was great to see.

“They took on a lot of responsibility, working with customers who were relying on them to guide them around an event. They offered assistance serving refreshments, scoring at the BOCCIA tournament, meeting and greeting the flood of people arriving and acting as professional walking guides throughout the day.

“It was great to hear from the organisers how thrilled they were with how wonderful the students had been and what a huge difference they made with the running of the event.  They are hoping to work with us next year to recruit more student volunteers, which is great.

“The skills our students picked up during the event will go on to help them in future volunteering projects and work.”

Alli Richardson, from Guide Dogs Shrewsbury Mobility Team, said: “This was the first time some of these students had ever taken on a volunteer role and obviously did not know what to expect. It was lovely to see them buzzing when they were given compliments and realise they were really appreciated by everyone they were able to help at the event.

“They were amazing - everyone was so impressed.”

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