Sight Support Derbyshire – Befriending Service

Sight Support Derbyshire works with people who are blind or partially sighted in Derbyshire and has been doing so for over 100 years.

The Befriending Service is offered to visually impaired people over 50. Many of these people live alone, are unable to leave the house easily and are often experiencing difficulties with daily living because of their sight loss. Many of these visually impaired people become socially isolated and feel very lonely.

The objective of the Befriending Service is to reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation and improve a person’s overall wellbeing.

A volunteer ‘Befriender’ will visit or phone the ‘Befriendee’ on a regular basis at a mutually convenient time. Having a ‘regular someone’ to talk to can really help people to feel connected, increase their confidence and know that there are people who care.

Home visits can include a cup of tea and chat and to help with small tasks. You may play board/card games, talk about hobbies/interests or just sit and share news. It is usually weekly but is a flexible arrangement.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities or accessing services, please contact us on: 01332 292262