South Cheshire college students visit guide dog training centre

HEALTH and Social Care students were on the learning trail when they visited the Guide Dogs training centre.

The Level One Health and Social Care Diploma group from South Cheshire College spent a day at the Centre in Atherton, Manchester learning all about the work of Guide Dogs and what they do.

Students handed a donation of over £170 to Guide Dogs which they raised through a series of college fundraising initiatives.

The group were given a tour of the facilities, including the state-of-the-art kennels, and were also given a short dog training demonstration and a talk about puppy walking and working Guide Dogs.

The Guide Dogs organisation, formally called The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, provides mobility for people who are blind and partially sighted.

It also campaigns for the rights of people with visual impairment, educates the public about eye care and funds eye diseases research.

Angela Martyn, Health and Social Care Lecturer at South Cheshire College, said: “Our students were delighted to be able to visit the Guide Dogs Centre and present the money they have raised to them.

“The visit also enabled them to find out more about the work of Guide Dogs and the fantastic training that goes on at the Guide Dogs Centre.”

Guide Dogs visited the Crewe College earlier this month to speak to students about volunteering opportunities.

Health and Social Care courses equip students with the skills they need for a career in a care or health environment.

Angela added: “Opportunities like this really help students with their course and we are very grateful to the staff at Guide Dogs for co-ordinating the visit.”

For more information about Health and Social Care courses, please call 01270 654654 or visit www.scc.ac.uk

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