Our Befriending Service is offered to visually impaired people who are over 50 and live in Derbyshire. 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. They can become socially isolated and feel very lonely. Our befriending volunteers help to provide a valuable and much needed service to help these people.

As a Befriender you will visit your 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 out there who care. Home visits can include a cup of tea and chat and to help with small tasks the befriendee may be unable to do due to their visual impairment. It is usually once a week but is a flexible arrangement. You may play a board or card game, chat about hobbies and interests or just sit and share news and family experiences. You could also take your befriendee out, perhaps to a local café or garden centre, or to enjoy a walk in your local area.