Schools/Colleges Programme

Transition Year (TY) Programme

At Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, we believe the students who participate in our Transition Year (TY) Programme are potential future members of our community of Staff, Puppy Raisers, Temporary Boarders and Community Volunteers.

With this in mind, we have developed an interactive programme which aims to inspire students to consider a career with us or to support our work raising awareness and funds so they too can make a difference to others and change lives!

At the end of the week, each student will have a greater understanding of:

  • the welfare of our dogs and what that entails;

  • the services and support we provide to our Clients;

  • the Technical training and what that involves;

  • the structure, governance, funding and running of a charity; and

  • how to undertake a fundraising event.

Programme Schedule

Day 1 – Dogs

Meet our Dog Care and Welfare team who manage the care of our training dogs and look after all dogs onsite in our Training Centre kennels.

Find out about our Volunteers who care our pups in the first weeks of their lives.

Day 2 – Clients

Hear from our Guide Dog and Assistance Dog owners as they explain how their lives have changed since receiving their dog.

Day 3 – Training

How does a Guide Dog keep their owner safe from cars, walking onto road or walking into people or objects? Our trainers will explain how they train our dogs, how they decide which dogs will make the grade, and critically how they match the right dog to the right person to give each partnership the best chance of success.

Day 4 – Resources

It costs over €5 million to run our organisation each year and 85% is dependent on the generosity of the public.

Our Fundraising team will explain how they work with our network of nationwide Branches to raise awareness and fundraise through various events and activities.

Day 5 – Fundraising Plan

At the end of the week, we’ll ask each TY Class to create and execute their own fundraising event or activity. And there are prizes too!

If you have any questions, please do get in touch with Aoife Bulman who will be happy to assist: AoifeBulman@GuideDogs.ie

We hope you and your school can join our TY Programme and learn how you too can help change lives.

Educational Presentations

Education and awareness is key to inspiring future volunteers and supporters of our charity. If you are interested in learning all about our us and our wonderful dogs you can request an educational presentation.

Find Out More

Luke & Kain

Luke is still non-verbal but when I see him smiling down at Kain it shows me he doesn’t need words to express how happy he is.

Kim & Jango

Meeting Jango was one of the best moments of my life. He’s a beautiful big cuddly dog with the personality to match. From the moment I met him I knew we were going to be best buddies.

Shauna & Esme

When I needed a hand, I found a paw.

Conor & Quelda

When Conor is with Quelda he smiles and is comfortable being out and about which is such an amazing gift – we never leave home without her. She has changed all of our lives.

Aran & Buttons

Being a Guide Dog Owner is such a privilege and positive experience. Buttons has enhanced my life in so many ways and I will always be grateful for that.

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