About Us. The story behind the services.

At Guide Dogs Victoria, we provide vital support for Victorians with low vision or blindness. We have done since 1957. Since then, our services have grown far beyond just the dogs themselves to include a wide range of community initiatives, and training and education programs.

We work to ensure people with low vision or blindness are active and involved members of the community. We do this by teaching practical skills to help children and adults reach their personal potential: regardless of when or how they became affected by low vision or blindness. These skills are developed under our Orientation & Mobility training programs and with the support of Occupational Therapists.

Guide dog

About Us. Helping people with low vision explore the world.

From maintaining a home, to eating at a restaurant, or attending work, school or university — we empower people to achieve their unique goals with whatever mobility aids or training is necessary.

We help you explore and achieve your personal potential.

Our services are provided free of charge to clients on an ongoing basis. Given that we receive less than 9% of our funding needs from the government, we are dependent upon generous community support.

We are proud to have been named Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Charity for four years running, in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Boy on a swing with his mum by his side

Our vision.

Independence for every blind and vision impaired person.

Our mission.

Provide blind and vision impaired Victorians with high quality training and support to maximise their independence.

Two men talking at the park