Our Mission & Vision
Guide Dogs Victoria
Guide Dogs Victoria has been providing vital support for Victorians with low vision or blindness since 1957. Guide Dogs Victoria’s services extend far beyond Guide Dogs to include a wide range of community initiatives, training and education programs including Children/Youth Services, Adult Services, Acquired Brain Injury Mobility Services and Occupational Therapy Services.
Guide Dogs Victoria receives less than 15 per cent of Government funding for services other than Guide Dog Mobility, which is reliant on community donations exclusively. The need for their services is greater than ever before, with approximately 15,000 Victorians diagnosed with some form of irreversible vision loss every year. As these numbers continue to rise, the demand on Guide Dogs Victoria’s services is expected to double by the year 2020.
Wheelton Philanthropy are generous and long-time supporters of Guide Dogs Victoria. In 2018, Angela Wheelton was appointed to the Board of Directors. We are particularly passionate about Guide Dogs Victoria’s ‘Future is in Sight’ project. The innovative project will transform the 60-year-old Kew campus into a world-class training and education centre and community hub. The new campus will be the first sensory campus in the world and will utilise state of the art, accessible design to create a progressive learning environment that people thrive in and navigate independently. With the rising need for vision support services, the redevelopment will secure a sustainable and bright future for Guide Dogs Victoria and the thousands of adults and children, living with blindness or low vision, that they support.