Success Stories
The Guide Dogs Association


Tom contacted The Bureau following an accident which left him partially sighted.

Tom wanted to find out about support groups for people living with sight loss. The Bureau put him in touch with the VIP (Visually Impaired Group) and also took the time to find out a bit more about his situation. Tom was struggling with limited vision when he went into busy places so found himself avoiding going out and becoming increasingly isolated and depressed.

As a result Tom was encouraged to volunteer for a social group and also join a Board of Trustees who would benefit from his wealth of private sector experience. Tom also attended a mindfulness course to help deal with his situation.

All this increased Tom’s confidence and when a paid job came up he was encouraged by The Bureau to apply for it. Tom is now back in paid employment but continues to volunteer for The Guide Dogs Association and also as a one-to-one befriender.

“I came to the Bureau looking for help and support. I didn’t know where to turn. Two years down the line I feel I have my life back again and I can’t thank The Bureau enough for the support, encouragement and understanding they have given me.”

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