Help create safer streets

Help create safer streets

Guide Dogs is looking for Scouts to get involved in its Streets Ahead campaign, which aims to tackle the obstacles that people who are blind or partially sighted often find on the UK’s streets.

Guide Dog owner Laura says: “My guide dog’s my eyes – she takes me around all the obstacles that I come across on a daily basis and stops me bumping into things! Things like wheelie bins, advertising boards, overgrown bushes sticking out into the path – Autumn sees all that and guides me round it ... However, it would be me much better if these obstacles weren’t there.”

Scouts of all ages can make a difference by identifying the issues and challenges that people with sight loss face in your communities. Guide Dogs has created a game of Street Clutter Bingo to help you do this. You could then hold a Safer Street Party and organise activities that bring people together to chat about what you’ve learned from your street clutter bingo game.

You may like to invite people with sight loss to your events, plus nearby residents, local business people, the council, media, and don’t forget Guide Dogs’ local campaigners. The first 100 Scout groups that email with photos of your party each gets a Guide Dogs mascot toy!

You’ll find all the resources you need to host your Safer Street Party online at:

 www.guidedogs.org.uk/scouts.