Prioritising safety and wellbeing
A safety first approach to COVID-19.
At Guide Dogs, the health and wellbeing of our clients, donors, supporters, volunteers, staff and members of the Guide Dogs community is our number one priority.
The coronavirus has changed how we deliver vital services to Queenslanders with low vision or blindness, but thanks to your support, we are still here, committed as ever, helping our clients and training our special dogs through these challenging and changing times.
Thank you for continuing to support Guide Dogs during this time. We really couldn’t do what we do without you!
Providing support during this time
We will continue our work to empower Queenslanders with low vision or blindness to live how they want.
As this situation continues to evolve, we will continue our work to empower Queenslanders with low vision or blindness to live how they want, adapting our processes in line with government advice and recommendations.
How are we providing services?
We are working hard to maintain regular contact with our clients through innovative services like telehealth, which helps minimise the risk of Queenslanders with low vision or blindness becoming isolated and disengaged during this challenging period.
As restrictions ease we have returned to face-to-face services where it is possible and safe to do so.
During this time, it’s important to stay connected and up-to-date with information and changes.
We’ve gathered some links which we hope will be helpful for you during this time.
- Queensland Government – for the latest coronavirus information from the Queensland Government.
- National Coronavirus Helpline – Call 1800 020 080.
- World Health Organisation – find up-to-date information on the pandemic.
- Stay connected online – Blind Citizens Australia are holding a variety of online sessions over on their Facebook page
- Australian Government Department of Health – the latest information and fact sheets for the public, health professionals, industry, parents, schools and universities.
- Australian Government – for the latest coronavirus information from the Australian Government.
How is Guide Dogs being affected?
The coronavirus shutdowns have significantly impacted us here at Guide Dogs.
Our fundraising events throughout 2020 were cancelled or postponed and our iconic collection dogs, sitting in supermarkets and shops all over the state, remained uncollected for a substantial period of time.
Our volunteer community have also been impacted, with most volunteering opportunities on hold to ensure the safety of our dedicated community of supporters.
While we can’t be certain about what the future holds, we are currently planning events for 2022, and will be offering community volunteering opportunities where it is safe to do so.
We are looking forward to the wonderful opportunities we will be able to enjoy with the Guide Dogs community this year.
How you can support Guide Dogs during this time
While much of the world is still uncertain, here at Guide Dogs, we’re busier than ever.
In these uncertain times, we remain dedicated to continuing to support Queenslanders with low vision or blindness, but we need your help to do this.
Together, we can empower Queenslanders to live their lives how they want to. Here are a few ways you can lend your support. Any gift, big or small, will be a valuable contribution to ensuring our newest recruits have the best possible chance of becoming Guide Dogs.
Any gift, big or small, makes a difference.
Have you considered raising a puppy for Guide Dogs? Now could be the perfect time. Click here to find out more.
Are you looking for different ways to keep entertained while spending more time at home? Click here to get your paws on some labr-adorable merchandise.
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Despite everything going on in the world right now, we still have clients to support and dogs to train, so we need your help, now more than ever. Your contribution will help keep our programs running.
Keep up-to-date with our newest litters!
There is still a lot going on at Guide Dogs.
There is still a lot going on at Guide Dogs, especially in our nursery, where the pitter patter of tiny has been especially loud with three new litters born over the start of the New Year.
Who do I contact for support?
Our friendly staff are always here to support you and answer any questions you may have.
If you have a query relating to your Guide Dog, please call 3500 9050.
If you are a Guide Dogs Queensland supporter or have any general enquiries, please call 1800 810 122.
If you have any questions relating to the Guide Dog puppy you are raising, please contact your instructor.
Call 1800 810 122