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National Blind Children's Society is now called Blind Children UK

Last year, we told you that the National Blind Children’s Society (NBCS) had become a subsidiary of Guide Dogs, forming the Guide Dogs Family.

We are now taking steps to raise more money so we can help even more children and young people with sight loss now and in the future. One of these steps is to give NBCS a facelift. As of today, NBCS will be known as Blind Children UK and will have a modern, new look so the charity is more appealing to supporters, the families we help now and in the future and to our volunteers.

This has been carried out as a result of research with children and their families, donors and members of the public, which told us that the existing name and look was rather outdated. Our new look will help to significantly increase our fundraising income, which in turn will support our plans to deliver our services to even more children and young people with sight loss.

Our aim remains the same: to open up the world for children and young people with vision impairments – and to ensure they and their families receive the help they need. Blind Children UK helps children and their families tackle the challenges of sight loss so they can enjoy their childhood and realise their potential as adults. While the charity’s name and visual identity may be new, there will be no difference in the quality of the services we provide. In fact, we’re looking to recruit more volunteers and staff so that we can help even more children and their familes.

We are hosting a webinar for volunteers between midday and 1pm on Thursday 29 May. This will be an opportunity for you to learn more about Blind Children UK, the work it does and what it means for you.

If you are interested in joining us then please email: volunteerfeedback@guidedogs.org.uk. If you have any questions that you would like us to answer during the webinar please email these to the same address.

Meanwhile, to find out more about the charity please visit Blind Children UK’s website: www.blindchildrenuk.org

Welcome back!

Welcome back to VIP.

You may have already noticed that it's a little bit different to when you last saw it. We are still carrying out work on the site but we wanted to make sure that you are able to access some parts of VIP whilst we do that work. There isn't a login at the moment, so you can't register or login as per usual, but you can see some of the pages here without logging in. We hope to have the full VIP back up and running soon.

You'll be able to read the latest news, nominate other volunteers or staff for a 'Pat on the back' award, find the relevant links you need and more.

Don't forget, you can also find things out from your local team and upload photos and comments to our Volunteers at Guide Dogs facebook page.

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You may have heard that we will be celebrating national Volunteers’ Week 2014 from 1st to 7th June.

This is a celebration that takes place every year and this year it’s the 30th birthday of the national celebrations. We’ll be making the most of saying a HUGE thank you to our volunteers as well as inspiring more people to get involved in Guide Dogs.

We will be sharing stories and asking you to get involved on our social media pages over the week, so do check out our facebook and twitter during that first week in June.


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