Sixth Form General Studies Visit – Guide Dogs NI

On the morning of Wednesday 7th October Grosvenor’s Sixth Form welcomed representatives from ‘Guide Dogs N.I.’ to its General Studies session in the William Moles Hall where they received a highly informative and worthwhile talk on the work carried out by the organization.

The event saw Lesley MacAuley, Fundraising Development Officer with the organization, speak to those present regarding the extensive training process which goes into ensuring that dogs are ready to fulfill their role as guides for their users, as well as the needs of users themselves. In addition Lesley was joined by guide dog owner Andrea Hope, along with her dog Debbie, who spoke to the pupils about her first hand experiences with various guide dogs.

The talk was met with an incredibly positive reception from all of the pupils present, with some even signing up on the spot to serve as volunteers for the organization.

Many thanks to Lesley, Andrea and, most importantly, Debbie for giving the Grosvenor’s sixth formers such a positive and educational experience – the school now looks forward to building its link with the organization further over the coming months and years.

Guide dog user Andrea Hope, along with her dog Debbie and (fourth from left) Lelsey MacAuley from 'Guide Dogs NI', each pictured alongside Grosvenor pupils: (from left to right) Georgia Galway, Ben Davison, Courteney White, Stephen Hedley, Conor Kernohan and Taylor Pollock.