The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

We deliver a world class guide dog service as part of a range of mobility services, and work to break down barriers to ensure people who are blind or partially sighted can get out and about on their own terms.

Facts about our job

  • Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss that has a significant impact on their daily lives. By 2050, there could be nearly four million.
  • Every hour, someone in the UK starts to lose their sight.
  • In 2017, over 5,000 guide dog partnerships were made possible thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

Since the first guide dog partnerships were created in 1931, Guide Dogs has helped tens of thousands of blind and visually impaired people to achieve life-changing independence. This has only been possible thanks to the generosity of our supporters and dedication of our staff and volunteers.

Our iconic guide dog service is at the heart of what we do, but in recent years, we have expanded our services to help thousands more people with different needs to lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives.

  • We currently have over 5,000 life-changing guide dog partnerships.
  • A range of services and activities for children and young people, providing valuable advice for parents and teachers.
  • The My Guide service equips volunteers with the skills to become a sighted guide to help people get out of their homes and back into community.
  • Working with others to influence the design of new technologies to meet the needs of people with sight loss – enabling them to make many more choices about where they go and what they do.
  • Campaigning for the rights of people with sight loss to enable better access to public transport, town centres and other services.

By donating today, you can change a life forever.

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 for over a week.

  • £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.