St Joseph Primary Students visit the Guide Dogs

St Joseph Primary Students visit the Guide Dogs

Oak Mall were delighted to welcome back the Guide Dog Sensory Unit to the Shopping Centre on Thursday 18th May 2017. We were also delighted to have been joined by St Joseph’s Primary School P4 & P5 Students.

St Joseph Primary Students were welcomed to the sensory unit by Guide Dog staff and volunteers. Following an educational talk the students ventured into the sensory unit where they experienced the different noises, textures and obstacles on the walls and under foot. The pitch black tunnel alters the senses used in everyday life, giving the students a small glimpse of what daily struggles one might come across if visually impaired. We were also very lucky to have been joined by 6 local Guide Dogs with their owners or trainers.

The Sensory unit was open all day from 10am – 4pm free admission to the public.

Oak Mall Shopping Centre have been working with Guide Dogs Scotland for the past two years in order to raise enough money towards supporting the cost of training a new Guide Dog puppy and transform the life of a local Inverclyde resident with visual impairment. It takes 20 months of training to transform a tiny puppy into a confident guide dog. We have so far raised a total of £8500 through our customer and tenant Centre events, taking us closer and closer to our target of £10,000.

Thanks to Tammy Robinson at Guide Dogs staff for arranging the event and all volunteers and Guide Dog owners for joining us today at Oak Mall.

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