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Guide Dogs for the blind help blind people live independent lives

Guide Dogs for the blind help blind people live independent lives

We have all heard the saying ‘a dog is a man’s best friend’ and this is for a very good reason, especially when it comes to the fantastic work these beautiful Guide Dogs put into helping assist a person with visual impairment.

Guide dog for the blind taking a break

1. Guide Dogs

Through donations - they receive no government funding- Guide Dogs for the Blind UK support suitable dogs from birth, to the puppies being raised, trained and also to maintain training throughout the dogs placement.
These amazing animals dedicate their lives to helping blind and partially sighted people live independent lives, the bond between a Guide Dog and its handler is a unique and lasting friendship.

Guide dogs for the blind UK

2. Buddy Dogs

In addition to offering assistance dogs to blind or partially sighted adults and children, Guide Dogs for the Blind provide services such as Buddy Dogs.

Buddy dog with young girl
Buddy Dogs are dogs who haven’t qualified to work as an assistance dog but can improve the quality of life of children and young people who are blind or partially sighted. They can help with areas such as sensory and physical development, enhance a child’s confidence, increase levels of exercise and improve their communication skills.

3. ‘CustomEyes’ Books

Partially sighted child reading
“Guide Dogs” help arrange for custom made books from ‘Custom Eyes’ to be created for children with vision impairment. The child can choose what best helps them, from a picture book on a specific coloured paper, large font books, to a GCSE textbook with a specific font and line spacing.

4. Family Support

Fakily supporting each other

Practical and emotional support is provided to families by trained and experienced support officers from the moment a child is diagnosed with a vision impairment.
“Guide Dogs” also help arrange UK-wide regular events for families where children with a visual impairment, and their families, can play and interact with others who have similar conditions.

Did you know? Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind. But when that happens, Guide Dogs for the Blind are there to make sure they don’t lose their freedom as well.

Every penny donated goes towards helping provide life-changing services for people with sight loss.

We have been donating to Guide Dogs for the Blind UK since 2006. Since then we have helped fund 5 dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind UK and currently in the process of our 6th donation!

5 guide dog puppies supported by contactlenses.co.uk

Why not follow our facebook page for updates on our 6th pup @contactlensescouk

Perhaps you would like make a personal donation, read some very inspiring stories or even become a puppy walker. If so, you can find everything you need to know here: https://www.guidedogs.org.uk

Guide dog puppy walker

Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 8 Jun 2019, Last modified: 11 Sep 2020