Schools’ Guide Dogs Challenge

School children across the Wakefield District are being asked to design a poster to highlight the difficulties faced by blind and partially sighted people. Wakefield Council Leader, Cllr Peter Box and I launched the competition at Outwood Academy, Ledger Lane school last week.

We were joined at the school by Joyce and Ian, two local residents who told us how they regularly struggle with their guide dogs to navigate around cars parked on footpaths, wheelie bins blocking pavements or buses stopping too far from the curb.

As part of Guide Dog’s “Streets Ahead” campaign, children across the district are being asked to design a poster to highlight the danger and to ask people to think about blind and partially sighted people.

Peter and I were then asked to experience everyday obstacles for ourselves. We took part in a blindfold walk from the school, along Ledger Lane to the bus stop on Leeds Road and then caught the bus to experience the challenges faced every day by local residents such as Ian and Joyce.

The competition is open to all school children in the Wakefield and Outwood area.  The poster should be no more than A4 size. Entries should be submitted to the Wakefield Express Newspaper at :-

First Floor, Bullring House, 23 Northgate, Wakefield WF1 3BJ and marked “Guide Dogs Poster Competition.”  Closing date for submission is 30th April 2014.

You can see my video backing the Guide Dogs campaign here:

Ed Balls MP – A walk with Guide Dogs from ManShed on Vimeo.

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Posted March 25th, 2014 by Ed's team