Councillors take the Guide Dogs Blindfold Challenge

November 01 2016

Two well known councillors have experienced at first hand the essential work of guide dogs for blind people.

Two well known councillors have experienced at first hand the essential work of guide dogs for blind people.
Cllr Claire Young, the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Thornbury and Yate, and Cllr Tony Davis, the Mayor of Yate agreed to put on a blindfold and be led round Yate Shopping Centre by a guide dog.  
They were led round the Shopping Centre by guide dog Vince, under the close control of trainer Lucy Risk.  Claire said:  “It was very interesting to be in a familiar area but to be completely disorientated.  I became very aware of sounds and smells around me.  It was quite scary brushing into other pedestrians as we walked round.”
Vince, the dog who led Claire and Tony on their blindfold walk has completed his training and will soon be matched with a blind person.  There are now nearly 5,000 working guide dogs in the UK.
Guide Dogs campaigns actively for the rights of people who are visually impaired.  Claire and Tony were told about the pavement parking campaign which is calling for the law to be changed to make it easier for local authorities to take action against drivers who obstruct pavements with their cars.
Claire and Tony also met Andrew Lowry the manager of the Yate Shopping Centre.  Mr Lowry said staff frequently ask shop keepers to move their pavement signs when they are in the wrong place.