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Guide Dogs UK launches new partnership with Edinburgh Zoo - RZSS and Guide Dogs UK

blindfolded man being guided along a walkway
Guided sight training, photo credit: Guide Dogs UK

Guide Dogs and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo are delighted to announce a new pilot project, aimed at improving the customer experience for visitors who live with a vision impairment.

Throughout March and April, 36 members of staff from the wildlife conservation charity have received expert training and advice from Guide Dogs’ My Sighted Guide service, with 100 volunteers also set to benefit in the coming months.

Guide Dogs is currently piloting a new partner model, in which the charity will work with organisations across the UK to improve accessibility and provide a safe environment for people with sight loss.

Edinburgh Zoo was the first to pilot this new collaborative approach with Guide Dogs. With front of house and visitor experience staff learning how to guide blind and partially-sighted customers, it will make the experience much more accessible to many of the 600,000+ visitors the zoo attracts each year.

Any organisations or venues interested in making their facilities more inclusive through staff training can get in touch with Guide Dogs by contacting Lorraine Brinnen, My Sighted Guide Partnership Development Specialist at lorraine.brinnen@guidedogs.org.uk.


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Posted On: 20/04/2022

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