Manchester community team

The Manchester Community Team is made up of 48 staff based at the Guide Dogs Training School in Atherton, Manchester. We have around 300 guide dog owners at any time. We cover the following areas:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Isle of Man
  • Lancashire

Headed by Richard Bounds, Head of Mobility Services, the team consists of a wide range of staff with different roles, who all work together to improve the mobility and independence of people with sight loss in our area. Some of the trainers work with a visually impaired person so they can use a guide dog, others help by teaching routes and building confidence. We also have staff who recruit volunteers and others who plan our fundraising activities, so that we can continue to support as many people with sight loss as possible. We have a strong army of volunteers who board dogs, drive vehicles, fundraise and campaign for us amongst many other things.

Our services include:

  • Guide Dog Service
    There is no age limit and we are now working with children and young people under the age of 16. You don't need to have completely lost your sight, most people with a guide dog have some vision.
  • My Sighted Guide
    Our My Sighted Guide volunteers are specially trained with sighted guiding skills to help you get out and about with confidence and enjoy social events. We can train friends and family and work with businesses and equip them with sighted guiding skills so they have the confidence to help people with sight loss.

If you or someone you know has sight loss, please make contact with us and we'll do our best to help. If there are other types of support you need, we can provide information about other services you may find helpful.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Get in touch

Manchester Community Team, Guide Dogs, Gibfield Park Avenue, Atherton, Manchester, M46 0SU

0345 1430215

Isle of Man

Guide Dogs Isle of Man, c/o Manx Society for The Blind, Corrin Court, Heywood Ave, Onchan, Isle of Man, IM3 3AP

0345 1430215

Newsletter Autumn 2018