Guide Dogs Services for Children and Young People

Guide Dogs helps children with vision impairments up to the age of 18 and their families by providing:

  • Practical help and advice
  • Educational support
  • Mobility and life skills (habilitation) training
  • Large-print books through CustomEyes
  • Advice on and grants for technology and equipment (such as adaptive technology and sensory toys)
  • Family support including early diagnosis support and recreation events for the whole family
  • Partnering some young people with a guide dog

Grants are available to help with the cost of the following items, where no statutory funding is available:

  • Tablets e.g. iPads
  • Braille devices
  • Laptops and specialist software
  • Video magnifiers (CCTV)
  • Bubble tubes Tactile toys
  • Sensory lights.

Last updated on 10 January 2019

Who is eligible?

Applications will be considered from or on behalf of children and young persons aged 18 and under who are certified (or eligible to be certified) as severely sight impaired or sight impaired.

The applicant should be in pre-school, full or part time education or home schooled.

Equipment and software provided by Guide Dogs’ children and young people’s services are for home use only.

A qualified VI professional must support all grant applications.

Grants available

Grants are available to help with the cost of the following items, where no statutory funding is available:

  • Tablets e.g. iPads
  • Braille devices
  • Laptops and specialist software
  • Video magnifiers (CCTV)
  • Bubble tubes
  • Tactile toys
  • Sensory lights

In the case of Braille Notetakers or similar devices, including embossers, Guide Dogs will only accept applicants age 11+ who are a grade 2 Braillist.

In the case of Apple products, the charity can only consider funding for a standard model of iPad, 9.7- inch display, 32GB, Wi-Fi only.  Guide Dogs are unable to consider funding for MacBooks and other Apple products.

In the case of children with multi-disabilities, the grant will be considered where lack of sight is the primary reason for the application.

Contribution

Guide Dogs’ children and young people’s services require a minimum 10% contribution towards the total cost of the items including VAT, should the application be successful and funding is awarded. 

What Guide Dogs doesn't fund

  • Travel costs
  • Respite care
  • Activity/family holidays
  • Child care
  • Mobile Phones including iPhones
  • Funds towards maintenance, insurance and extended warranties
  • White goods
  • TVs.

How to apply?

A qualified VI professional must support all grant applications, such as:

  • Habilitation Officer
  • Health Worker (VI)
  • Social Worker
  • Local Authority Service Provider
  • QTVI Teacher.

An application form is available on the Guide Dogs website together with grants criteria guidelines: www.guidedogs.org.uk/services/children-and-young-peoples-services/access-technology-and-grants#.WYw3tVEo-Uk

Applications are considered every second month. You will be informed the result of the application by letter. All grants are dependent on available funding.

Contact details

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Hillfields, Reading Road
Burghfield Common
Berkshire
RG7 3YG
Telephone: 0800 781 1444
Email: cypservices@guidedogs.org.uk
Web: http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/services/children-and-young-peoples-services#.WYswMVEo-Uk