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Guide Dogs come to Notre Dame

Notre Dame are thrilled to announce that Guide Dogs for the Blind are visiting college this term to deliver their ‘Sighted Guiding’ training course to students and staff.

Have you ever found yourself wondering whether it’s appropriate to offer help to a blind or partially sighted person, or been unsure how to behave around a guide dog, and how best to let them get on with their job?

These are common concerns that many sighted people have when they come across blind or partially sighted people in their community.

This term Miss Pattison has arranged for students to have the opportunity to sign up for the ‘Sighted Guiding’ qualification. This is a 3 hour course done in a ‘one off’ session which leads to a Level 1 certificate. The course involves awareness of issues for blind and partially sighted people along with practical experience of how to guide them as a sighted person (and maybe even a guest appearance by a working guide dog).

This is a wonderful opportunity for students who are considering UCAS applications for medicine, veterinary science, Health/Social Care, teaching or indeed any caring profession or work in the community.

The sessions will run on the 7th 15th and 23rd of Oct and 7th and 15th of Nov and places are limited to only 12 per session. They will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis so sign up with Miss Pattison at the PE office and bring £10 to secure your place on the course.