Reading community team

Our team of 34 staff - together with dedicated volunteers - work to deliver and raise awareness of Guide Dogs' services and campaigns in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey to enable blind and partially sighted people to get out and about on their own terms.

Did you know there are approximately 22,000 registered blind and partially sighted people living in the counties mentioned above?

In order to live a full life and contribute to the local community, people need to be able to get around on their own. Every hour another person in the UK loses their sight. Guide Dogs works to make sure that when someone loses their sight, they don't lose their freedom too.

Mobility services

  • The Guide Dogs Service
  • Orientation and Mobility Training (cane training for those applying for a guide dog)
  • My Sighted Guide

Mobility services for young people

  • Family support
  • My Life Skills
  • Education support
  • Access technology
  • Guide dogs
  • CustomEyes Books
  • Family events

At any one time we're supporting approximately 278 guide dog partnerships. Find out how our services could help you or someone you know.

Here to Help

If we can't help you directly, we'll do what we can to work with other service providers in the area to meet your needs.

If you think we can help you or someone you know, or you'd like to know more, contact us using the details below.

Thanks for your support.

Get in touch

Reading Community Team, Hillfields, Reading Road, Burghfield Common, RG7 3YG

0345 1430224


  • Reading Community Team Podcast - September 2019

    In our latest Reading Community Team podcast, we speak to seven year old Zannah who took part in a sponsored swim for Guide Dogs.  Zannah has also accessed some of our Children and Young People services.  Habilitation Specialist Tori Awbery chats about the various support provided through our CYP service.  Julie and Clive give updates on the team and news of events including a Christmas concert!

    (mp3 55.87mb)
  • Reading Community Team Podcast - June 2019

    Our June edition has updates from the team. Julie and Clive have information about events for visually impaired children and young people as well as news of an Open Day at Guide Dogs head office. This edition’s guest is Wayne Townley – Training and Behaviour Advisor. Wayne chats to Clive about the new approach we are taking in training our amazing guide dogs.

    ReadingCTPodcast1903 (mp3 27.78mb)
  • Reading Community Team Podcast – April 2019

    In the April edition of the team podcast, our guests are Kate and Ron from our East Berkshire fundraising branch. We welcome a new team member and say goodbye to two others. There’s also news of some upcoming events including a teddy bear’s picnic.

    ReadingCTPodcast1902 (mp3 37.43mb)
  • Reading Community Team Podcast - February 2019

    In this edition, we hear from one of our My Sighted Guide partnerships, Lucy and Susan. There’s also news about some upcoming events and we welcome a new member of the team!

    ReadingMTPodcast1901 (mp3 34.72mb)

Newsletter Autumn 2018