Guide dogs visit campus to help students beat revision stress 

Written by Jennifer Devlin, 1st year English studentGuide Dog

As deadlines and exams approach, it’s no surprise that students are becoming more anxious and in need of some stress busters. This particular event designed to do so, however, must be the most tempting and adorable one yet.

University of Sheffield Guide Dogs have arranged for guide dog owners to bring their guide dogs in training to the Student’s Union on 20 May for students to visit and play with. Not only a great opportunity to relax and take your mind off the stress of upcoming deadlines, it’s the perfect way to learn more about what the Guide Dogs Association for the Blind do, and also find out the difference that a guide dog can make to someone who is partially sighted.

The event takes place in the Gallery Terrace of the Students Union from 11am­4pm. It will undoubtedly be a very busy event, so please allow yourself time for queueing and for time to play with the dogs and speak to volunteers. There are 10 minute slots to interact with the dogs, each of which cost £2. All proceeds from the day will go to the Guide Dogs Association for the Blind.

The student Guide Dogs group fundraise throughout the year through socials, cake sales and other collections such as a stall at a Christmas market and also by running a Christmas present wrapping service.

The volunteers also had to undergo sighted guide training to learn how to assist someone with sight loss.

Although unnerving, this process allowed the volunteers to experience the cause that they were working for.

Throughout the nation, there are now around 14,000 volunteers carrying out over 25,000 roles at Guide Dogs.

For more information, visit the Facebook page for the event or head along to the Guide Dogs Association for the Blind website.