Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) will provide information about its services during a visit to Vision Australia's Wollongong office next Wednesday.
SEDA has invited residents to learn more about the work it does in the Illawarra.
Staff, volunteers and clients will talk about the life-changing work SEDA does in the area.
There will be trial walks and demonstrations of seeing eye dogs in action to give people a better understanding of how they help transform the lives of people who are blind or have low vision.
Seeing eye dogs help their clients safely navigate while out in public, which allows them greater freedom and independence.
Local residents who are blind or have low vision are also invited to attend the afternoon tea so they can find out how SEDA can assist them and if they are eligible to receive their own seeing eye dog.
It costs more than $30,000 to train one seeing eye dog and SEDA receives limited government funding.
As the only national provider of seeing eye dogs within Australia, SEDA is committed to offering their services at no cost to the client, which makes community support and education vital to their success.
The afternoon tea will take place at 2pm next Wednesday at 2/135-143 Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow.
Further information and registrations at www.seda.org.au or on 1300 847466.