The important part of this role is to visit people in their own home which will help to reduce the isolation felt by many people with a visual impairment. 

The role can include any of the following:

• Working on a one to one basis with a visually impaired person in their own home.
• Provide support and listening skills.
• Give information about Sight for Surrey and local services.
• Encourage and motivate clients to participate in activities.
• Offer befriending and support with day to day living in the home. Not to provide personal or health care.
• Provide social company and share interests.
• To assist a client to continue any hobby that their reduced vision is making more difficult to achieve, within the home environment.
• Provide regular updates to the key worker.

Due to the nature of this role a minimum of a year's time commitment from volunteers is required.

NOTE: Owing to the restrictions required because of the pandemic, this is currently a telephone befriender service.


What skills do I need?

Volunteers for this role will have the following qualities:-

• Flexibility.
• Reliability.
• The ability to work on your own.
• Friendly, helpful and understanding.
• Good communication and listening skills.
• Patience and empathy with people with visual impairment and occasionally with combined hearing loss.

  • Disability
  • Health and Hospices
  • Befriending & Buddying


When can I volunteer?

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Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

A regular weekly commitment will be ideal normally 1-3 hours. Access to your own transport would be advisable as you will be visiting clients in their own homes.

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