At Irish Guide Dogs we love to support teachers and students to learn more about our organisation and get involved. Your school can support people with vision impairment and families of children with autism by learning how to make a more inclusive society and raising funds to help our work.
Irish Guide Dogs has launched exciting new Educational Resources for Primary and Post Primary that are packed full of classroom activities with strong curriculum links.
Download your free copy here today and speak to one of our Coordinators about how to use these resources in the classroom and other supports we can provide.
Volunteer visits with Ambassador Dogs
Once your students have learned a bit about the issues surrounding disability why not arrange for one of our dedicated Volunteers to visit your school with their Ambassador Dog to interact with the students and explain more about what a Guide or Assistance Dog does.
School tours of the Training Centre
A great way to learn more about the work of Irish Guide Dogs is a trip to our Headquarters and Training Centre on Model Farm Road in Cork where one of our Volunteers can give you a guided tour of the facility and introduce you to the staff and volunteers that train our dogs. To arrange an educational tour of our facility email firstname.lastname@example.org who can arrange your booking.
Student placements at the Headquarters
We are delighted to be able to host student placements at our Headquarters and Training Centre in Model Farm Road in Cork for Transition Year and other students. If you would like to apply for a place email email@example.com and get in early as places fill up fast.
We offer a 5-day programme giving students practical involvement in administrative work, team work, organisational skills, ownership, and responsibility, as well as an opportunity to work in an office environment alongside dogs.
Longer and shorter placements may be facilitated on request. Third level student placements also available depending on experience and area of study.
We are seeking student body support to begin Irish Guide Dog Student Societies in the main third level institutes in Ireland. If you are a student in a third level college, and would like to help us form one of these societies, please contact the coordinators below who are working on this effort.
A Guide Dogs Student Society could be the conduit into the college for information on accessibility and rights relating to disability and more specifically the areas of autism and vision impairment awareness.
Some colleges have also teamed up with us to host a whole bunch of our Ambassador Dogs on campus in College exam weeks to help students stress levels.
Through Rag Week and other times of year students have one up with a whole host of creative and fun ideas to raise money for our work. Perhaps your college could aim towards a €5k goal to sponsor and name one of our Guide Dogs puppies!
Fundraise for Irish Guide Dogs
If your school has been inspired by the Irish Guide Dogs work please consider running a fundraising event for us. Our Regional Coordinators are happy to help you plan and run a fun event to raise money for Irish Guide Dogs.
Whether you need hi-vis vests, collection buckets, stickers, Guide Dog gifts to sell or just some advice about how to get started we are here to help. Call us today.
Anne Cahill – South – Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford
Phone: 021 487 8259
Lynda Foley – West – Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Westmeath, Galway, Donegal, Cavan, Clare
Phone: 021 487 8238
Special campaign help needed
World Sight Day
In October we join in with the International campaigning and awareness raising for World Sight Day. Why not try one of the educational activities from our education pack above and then come and help with one of our Dunnes Stores Bag Packs around the country, we really need your help.
If your gang can come along contact your coordinator above and they can arrange a time and place. You can make a massive difference by helping us for World Sight in October!
Could you sell Christmas Cards and Calendars and other Gifts in aid of Irish Guide Dogs in your school canteen? Check out our online shop to see the wide range of gift items available. Our coordinators can send you stock of any items you need for the sale and you can return the remainder to us. Perhaps combine the day with a wintry Hot Chocolate sale for extra fundraising!
For students over 16 years of age we need as much help as possible during April International Autism Awareness Month to help with our Annual Heroes Street Collections all over the country. If any students you know can help please contact the relevant coordinator listed above by county.