The Guide Dogs For The Blind Association
The Guide Dogs For The Blind Association wants a future of confidence and support for every person with sight loss
The ambition of Guide Dogs is a future where every person with sight loss in the UK has the confidence and support they need to live their lives to the full.
Guide Dogs wants a future where everyone with sight loss can live actively and independently. Yet half of the 360,000 people registered blind don't feel able to leave their homes alone. Guide Dogs is committed to changing this by providing life-changing services.
Guide Dogs is best known for its iconic guide dogs, giving people with vision impairment a unique way to move around safely, enabling them to go to work or out shopping and, ultimately, live the lives they choose.
But that's not all. Guide Dogs has a range of other services, with and beyond its dogs. It provides specialised services for children, young people, families and adults. Its adult services include training volunteer sighted guides to take people with sight loss on social activities to help reduce loneliness and isolation.
Players of People's Postcode Lottery are helping support several major projects, including the lifetime funding of an entire litter of nine life-changing puppies!
These puppies are on an amazing journey. The puppies started their journey living with their puppy raisers, who play a vital role in socialising them, teaching basic commands, life skills and attending puppy classes. From approximately 12-14 months old, the puppies move to specialist training to become confident guides. After graduation, they are carefully matched to people with sight loss and trained together, ready to step out in confidence. Each extraordinary guide dog partnership lasts around eight years. Together, the nine puppies will go on to provide a combined 72 years of mobility and independence for their owners!
Players are also supporting Guide Dogs to:
- Increase the number of guide dog partnerships. By supporting the recruitment and training of more Training and Behaviour Advisors and Guide Dog Mobility Specialists, players are helping to accelerate the capacity to train more guide dogs.
- Develop new Guide Dogs Regional Centres. By supporting the development of four purpose-built regional centres and a hub site, players are helping Guide Dogs expand their services and extend their reach to more people with sight loss throughout the UK.
- Reach more people with sight loss through technology. Players are supporting the development of the Guide Dogs chatbot and Alexa Skill, which will help Guide Dogs provide information and advice to people with vision impairment through new digital channels.
Support from our players is helping Guide Dogs work towards a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support to live fulfilled lives.
Check out the accessible version of this Guide Dogs video which shows how players of People's Postcode Lottery are supporting the charity.