London community team

We have over 320 guide dog owners across London, all of whom navigate our busy city with our highly trained dogs. Our team of Mobility Specialists, Guide Dog Trainers and Guide Dog Mobility Specialists (GDMS) (formerly called a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor) are here to provide an end to end service for anyone applying for, training with and eventually qualifying with a guide dog. If you’re vision impaired and have ever thought about a guide dog and how it could help you, or you just have some initial questions, please contact our support team who will be very happy to help you.

180,000 blind and partially sighted people rarely go out alone. We want to change that figure and the My Sighted Guide service forms part of this effort. By matching blind and partially sighted people to sighted guide volunteers, it helps people with sight loss get out of their homes and back into the community. My Sighted Guide aims to reduce the isolation that many people with sight loss experience, helping to rebuild their confidence and regain their independence.

It's been the best three months. It just seems to have come at a time that when my other problems were bad – I was physically ilI and I was feeling really low as well – Lynda started working with me, and through the various things we've been doing, she pointed out what could jeopardise me when getting out (not using a cane, busy junctions) and unconsciously that's what had been stopping me from going out. Finding out about all these seems to have empowered me right from the start.
Derek - My Sighted Guide service user

Friends and family

We can also provide bespoke training for friends and family members. The training will consist of a basic introduction to sight loss awareness and sighted guide techniques which can be done in the comfort of your own home. Your guide will experience a degree of your sight loss, as part of the training is carried out using simulation spectacles. The goals of the training are a smoother guiding experience for the person with a vision impairment and a boost of confidence for your guide.


Do you have some time to spare and would like to help us fund our services and carry on our amazing work? We'd love to hear from you. We have a range of fundraising activities available including joining a local fundraising group to help organise collections, set up fundraising events and run stalls. Find out more by visiting the fundraising pages of our website.


The London team has over 600 volunteers without whom we would not be able to provide Guide Dogs services. We have a wide variety of roles ranging from fosterers (formerly called a boarder) and dog exercisers to speakers and fundraising. There is a role to fit in with whatever time you have to spare, whether it is on an occasional or weekly basis. We are always looking for more fosterers (formerly called a boarder) in particular, so if you can bring a dog into our Woodford office in the morning and then take it home for evenings and weekends please contact us.

Working with us

If you'd like to talk further about Guide Dogs in London, lend your support as a business, train your staff in sight awareness or enquire about improving access or removing barriers within the street environment, contact us and we'll put you in touch with our Engagement Team.

Get in touch

London Community Team, 20 Thanet Street, London, WC1H 9QL

0345 1430213

Newsletter Spring/Summer 2018