We have thousands of Volunteers nationwide who support the organisation by raising funds, or who support the training and husbandry of our dogs in training, fostering and breeding.
We advocate at a local and national level for all clients to ensure that we address and resolve issues in the built environment, education, travel, leisure, etc.
While our HQ is in Cork we have an office in Dublin where fundraising staff, Volunteers, and dog training support staff are based. Our Association Members are evenly spread across the country, some of whom have been supporters for up to 40 years.
Our fundraising Volunteers are actively promoting the organisation in practically all communities nationwide.
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is proud to be a member of VISPA (Vision Impaired Service Providers Alliance), which includes Fighting Blindness, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, NCBI (National Council for the Blind of Ireland) and ChildVision – the National Education Centre for Blind Children (formerly St. Joseph’s Centre for the Visually Impaired).
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is also a member of the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs Europe.
Irish Guide Dogs was the first to launch an Assistance Dog Programme in Europe, and the demonstrable success of our work over the past 11 years, combined with established ties with professionals, including the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCC, in the field of ASD, provides a solid platform upon which to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of the Assistance Dog Programme.