Emma's dream is to get a Guide Dog

Your gift could help children like Emma to be independent and achieve their dream.

Emma with Guide dog.

Emma's dream is to get a Guide Dog

Your gift could help children like Emma to be independent and achieve their dream.

Emma with Guide Dog Donate today

What is the connection service?

Everyone connects in different ways. One thing’s for sure though: we can all enjoy the experience of meeting new people who have similar stories or experiences to our own.

Through finding and getting involved with different leisure and lifestyle activities throughout the community—based on your interests, what you’re comfortable with, and where you live—you can get out and explore the world to connect with new people.

An older male client, smiling whilst in conversation.

What is currently available? 

Chatter Paws

Opportunities for you to dial into a group chat of around six people, to discuss a range of different topics while led by volunteers (and hopefully peers in the future). The focus of the group sessions may already be set. Examples could include specific demographics, special interests or guide dog handler groups.

All you need is access to the internet, a mobile phone or a landline.

Client with low vision, using a laptop.

Peer Support Program

This program consists of one-to-one conversations with a peer mentor where you can discuss specific topics.

Goals are identified at the start of the program and you speak to your peer mentor directly over the course of five phone calls. Some clients have used this program for support before or after matching with a Guide Dog, or for emotional support from someone who has been through a similar situation or experience.

A child being shown direction on an iphone.

Young Adults Program

The Young Adults Program (YAP) is designed for people aged between 18 and 30 years who are blind or have low vision.

The program aims to enhance independent mobility and living skills in a supportive group setting, and build knowledge and confidence to participate in age appropriate activities of life.

The program focuses on areas of interest for young adults who are blind or have low vision including:

  • Social skills
  • Employment
  • Overseas travel
  • Technology
  • Health and wellbeing

The YAP is predominately a social group, a way of connecting with others, and an opportunity to share experiences. Each event typically involves an information session (including guest speaker) followed by a social dinner. YAP events run once every two months, on a weeknight, at varied meeting locations around Sydney CBD.

For more information:

  • contact us at 1800 484 333
  • Request a Service

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