Community and Corporate Sighted Guide Training

Are you part of a group who could benefit from sighted guide training, delivered by Guide Dogs’ expert staff? We offer free training to businesses, community groups, universities and charities that provide services to the public.

Guide Dogs is committed to Sighted Guiding – we’ve seen the benefits it delivered to people’s lives. Over the course of this year we will be doubling the size of the team delivering training to the friends and family of a person with a vision impairment, and to the community and corporates, with the aim of making sighted guiding skills as widespread and well-known as first aid.

Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on realigning our teams and preparing for the next phase of our service provision. During this time we will be completing fewer training days, so there may be a delay in providing new courses, but we look forward to getting back to full speed in the summer.

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What training sessions do you offer groups?

We offer three different options for groups. From basic awareness, to practising sighted guiding techniques, there’s a range of sessions to meet your requirements. If they’re not quite what you’re looking for, please do get in touch with us.

Why is sighted guide training important?

Much like learning how to perform first aid, sighted guiding is a useful life skill. It will give your team confidence when they meet people who are blind or partially sighted, and the guiding techniques to help them if they need it. This is important for helping colleagues or members of the public when they're working or during their own time.

And you'll be helping us to transform public spaces in the UK so that they are welcoming for people with vision impairments.

We are on a mission to break down the barriers to science and that starts with our visitor experience at the Science Centre. We want to create an environment where everyone can join in and engage with our activities and the sighted guide training forms an integral part of this. Our staff really enjoyed learning the skills they need to become confident and empathetic sighted guides and they can’t wait to put it into practice.
Ben Ward, Chief Executive of Winchester Science Centre

Sign up for the Corporate and Community Sighted Guide Training

Let us know which training you'd like to sign your organisation up for by emailing our team, or if you’re not sure, please get in touch to discuss.

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