Mobility skills

To enable you to feel confident moving around independently, we’ve created some guidance on getting around safely. These practical tips include mobility for both outdoors and indoors, such as using a long cane or protective techniques.

How a long cane could help you

Not sure if a long cane is right for you? Siobhan shares her experience of using a long cane and Guide Dogs' orientation and mobility services. And if you're already a cane user but looking for more tips on the different techniques, take a look at our advice in the pages below.

If I could sum up in three words what the long cane has enabled me to do, it would be: independence, freedom and choice.
Siobhan, long cane user

In this section...

A guide to using a cane to locate different changes in the floor surface, such as steps and texture. 

A technique when moving around indoors or when you may need some extra protection.

A guide for navigating stairs or steps with your long cane.

Techniques to help you move around safely and independently.

A technique to help you walk safely through hallways and rooms, walk in a straight line or to learn more about what is around you. 

Techniques for when you want to walk across a large open space.

A technique to help you learn the new layout of a room.

Guide to help you locate dropped items.

A technique that can be used to help you find dropped items and become familiar with what’s near you.