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Guide Dogs (formerly Blind Children UK)

Brief description of what services your organisation offers

Guide Dogs supports families with a range of services including; habilitation work, mobility training, practical support, large print books and family activities.

Where the service takes place

Nationwide.

What service, support or interventions do you offer?

  • Family Support – Our Family Support team gives the families of children with visual impairment emotional and practical support, advice and information. We also advise and work with other professionals and organisations
  • Movement Matters – Our Movement Matters service provides training to help blind children and young people get around safely and independently. Movement Matters also teaches important life skills such as handling money and preparing food.
  • Education Support – We offer expert, independent advice to help make sure blind children are supported at school, and that they attend the nursery, school or college that’s right for them.
  • Access Technologies – Our Access Technology team gives advice on choosing the most appropriate technology and sensory equipment to help children with a vision impairment study and play. We also offer a grants programme that allows families to apply for recommended items they otherwise wouldn’t be able to access.
  • Large print books – Blind Children UK’s CustomEyes service produces large print books for children with vision impairment. These are tailor-made for each child or young person, but we only charge the recommended retail price.
  • Other services – As Blind Children UK is part of the Guide Dogs Family, we can also offer guide dogs for young people.
  • Family events – a UK-wide programme of day and weekend family events where children with a visual impairment, and their siblings, can play with others who have similar conditions and parents can access information and help.

How do you access the service?

Families can self-refer. They will then receive a general information visit to determine what services will be suitable for them.

Contact Details for further information

Tel: 0800 781 1444

Email address:  cypservices@guidedogs.org.uk

Website: https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/services-we-provide

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