Sighted Guide Training.

14 cadets from 51 (Orton) Squadron Air Cadets increased their skills last week, by undertaking a Sighted Guide Training Course. Helen and Mandy from the Guide Dog charity attended the squadron and took the cadets through their paces.

The training course was very interactive, and the cadets were asked questions which really started to make them think, about the dignity, independence of the non-sighted person as a whole. Each cadet was given the opportunity to experience what it felt like to have lost their sight and how this made them feel. All the cadets were given the skills on how to guide a person who has lost their sight, from how you should discuss the environment with them, to how you should listen to what the person needs to the more practical side of how they should touch and physical connect to allow them to guide them around.

Corporal Wells said “When you get down to the actual action of guiding someone it is very logical really and not at all the daunting situation that you might think it will be. As with the other cadets who took part in this training, I am really looking forward to supporting the Guide Dog Fun day now on the 7th September."

Air Cadets is more than just flying, we get involved in helping the wider community whilst also developing our own skills and achieving accreditations as per the Guided Training and BTec qualifications like Public Services. So if you only do one thing different this week, make sure it's coming to visit our squadron to see how you could benefit from joining such an organisation. www.51sqnatc.co.uk, ortonsqnatc@btinternet.com, 01733 391071.