Charity of the Week – Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is Ireland’s national charity dedicated to helping persons who are blind or vision impaired and families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence.

The vision of our organisation is to have a future where persons who are blind, vision impaired and disabled achieve independence and dignity through our world-class dog and ancillary services. We aim to provide the highest quality of services in partnership with our clients while planning for the future and valuing clients, volunteers and each other.

We receive over 80% of our income through voluntary donations and fundraising through a network of volunteers across the country. It will cost over €4 million to run our organisation this year. Our National Headquarters and Training Centre is located on the Model Farm Road two miles outside Cork City and all our training programmes are run at this location.

Did you know?

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind offers a comprehensive suite of services which enable both blind and vision impaired persons and families of children with Autism to achieve increased independence and an improved quality of life.

Our training programmes are as follows:

The Guide Dog Programme for people who are blind or vision impaired
The Assistance Dog Programme for families of children with autism
Orientation and Mobility Training (Long Cane)
Independent Living Skills Training
The Next Step Programme (To help young adults with the transition to life in college / work)

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is proud to be a member of VISPA (Vision Impaired Service Providers Alliance), which includes Fighting Blindness, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, NCBI (National Council for the Blind of Ireland) and ChildVision the National Education Centre for Blind Children (formerly St. Joseph’s Centre for the Visually Impaired).

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is also a member of the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs Europe.

If you would like to join the Irish Guide Dogs team then email fundraising@guidedogs.ie or call 1850 506 300 for your free t-shirt and fundraising pack.

If you would like to be featured as our Charity of the Week please fill out our Charity Profile Form here and submit your details.

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