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Guidance for New Guides Click here for PDF Guide

Dogs Guidance on Walks Click here for PDF Guide

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Rambling Walking Hiking Tramping

Whatever You Call It - SVIWG DO IT!

Use the link below to take a look at the brilliant short documentary film, developed by Sheffield Hallam University Students, featuring members of our walking group.

Some of our walkers describe their experiences.
Walk and Talk


THE SHEFFIELD VISUALLY IMPAIRED (VIPs) WALKING GROUP organises volunteer led walks for VIPs living in and around Sheffield. SVIWG has a Constitution and an Elected Committee.

This user led group offers VIPs the opportunity to go walking regularly, assisted by trained volunteer guides.

WALKS - We have an annual programme of walks, which are usually in the Peak District, South Yorkshire or Nottingham area. The walks vary in lengh and degree of difficulty, to suit the varying capabilities of the VIPs. Most walks are suitable for guide dogs.

Blind and Partially sighted people are sometimes lonely and find themselves unable to go walking because no-one is available to help. Our organisation provides this opportunity - good exercise, fresh air, and friendly company.

Walking in a group can often be stimulating and provides a sense of security, teamwork and achievement, which can lift moral and boost self-confidence.

Walking is often educational. Our leaders are experienced, and will usually have knowledge of the area, be it hisorical or geological.

TRANSPORT- We travel to and from our walks mostly by public transport, although sometimes we neeed to use cars or a mini bus. Occasionally we use a coach for days out.

OTHER ACTIVITIES- We also organise walking holidays - at home and abroad, and other diverse activities. Recent activities have included:

Tandam Rides Motorcycling Trips Gliding

Birdsong Identification Walks Gliding Dry Stone Walling

We're always open to suggestions!

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SUPPORTING ORGANISATIONS - We gratefully receive support from the following organisations:

SHEFFIELD ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND - Who provide us with facilities for meeting and sending out information to members.
The Sheffield Royal Society For The Blind's Home Page

SHEFFIELD CITY COUNCIL- The Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment Service organises training for our guides, and refer and provide information to registered VIPs.

THE RAMBLERS ASSOCIATION- Who provide walk leaders and guides for our walks. Each VIP will have at least one guide
The Sheffield Ramblers Home Page

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Members are kept informed by our website and a monthly newsletter: printed, emailed or in audio form. We rely on donations and funds that we raise ourselves through sponsorship, etc to meet our running cost.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SVIWG or may be interested in joining our group as a VIP or a guide please contact the chairman: Christine Hewitt - 0114 2366685 or
or our Membership Secretary Brian Hirst at or 07979414693

Any donations will be gratefully received. Please forward to our Treasurer: Stan Wainright c/o SRSB, 5 Mapin Street, Sheffield S1 4DT

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