How Guide Dogs change lives

Laura is on the left of the image, kneeling on the floor next to her Guide Dog Willis. Maisy is to the right of the image, kneeling on the floor next to her Guide Dog Willow, wearing her harness. Guide Dog Wanda has wandered into the middle of the photo and has her face right in front of the camera with her mouth open!

Every year at RNC (Royal National College for the Blind), we welcome a group of new students to the College, and with the new students also comes a group of new Guide Dogs. During the first week in October we join the rest of the nation in celebrating National Guide Dogs Week where we take the opportunity to shout about our amazing four legged friends and how they change people’s lives every single day!


Stephanie Mackey, RNC’s Teacher in Charge of Mobility and Independence, says “In mobility lessons we work with students on a one to one basis using their chosen mobility aid, whether that be a long cane or a Guide Dog. Progress is dependent on each individual student as lessons are tailored to meet their personalised goals and objectives. Students gain increased levels of confidence and independence at RNC where we create a path from dependence to independence when they leave us.”


We currently have 12 Guide Dogs on campus amongst our student and staff population, RNC Student Recruitment Manager Tim Broome says “The Guide Dogs definitely brighten up the College but it still shocks me when I hear that some young people aren’t allowed to have their dogs with them at their local schools and colleges! Guide Dogs can be a massive part of any young person gaining their independence and not letting them have their dogs with them is taking away that independence.”


Maisy’s video

In the video below RNC student Maisy tells us how, in a short space of time, having Guide Dog Willow has increased her confidence and changed her life;

You can watch more of Maisy’s videos on her YouTube Channel; Blind Girl Times


If you are interested in coming to study at RNC, please give our student enquiries team a call on 01432 376 621 or email


Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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