The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Our expert staff, volunteers and life-changing guide dogs are here to help people with vision impairment live actively, live independently and live well. Together, we can help people affected by sight loss live their lives to the full.

Facts about our job

  • Every six minutes one more person in the UK loses their sight.
  • More than 30,000 children and young people are severely sight impaired.
  • We partner around 700 people with a guide dog each year.

Since 1931, Guide Dogs has been supporting people with sight loss, helping them to lead confident and independent lives. This has only been possible thanks to the generosity of our supporters and dedication of our staff and volunteers.

But we know we must do more to help the increasing number of people living with sight loss, and those who love and care for them.

In recent years, Guide Dogs has expanded our services beyond our dogs to help thousands more people with different needs lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives

  • We currently have around 5,000 life-changing guide dog partnerships.
  • A wide range of services and activities for children and young people, from mobility training to providing valuable education support for parents and teachers.
  • Our My Guide service equips volunteers with the skills to become a sighted guide and help people with sight loss get out of their homes and into the community.
  • We work in collaboration with others to influence the design of new technologies to meet the needs of people with sight loss.
  • We campaign for the rights of people with sight loss to enable better access to public transport, town centres and other services.

Monthly Donations

  • £5 per month or £60 annually

    £5 could support a working guide dog partnership for a day.

  • £7.50 per month or £90 annually

    £7.50 could feed a guide dog puppy for about 10 days, keeping them happy and healthy.

  • £10 per month or £120 annually

    £10 could buy a pair of reflective arm bands to help a guide dog owner stay visible and safe when walking at night.

  • £20 per month or £240 annually

    £20 could pay for an hour’s training for a guide dog.