To provide regular companionship to a visually impaired person, which usually involves visiting the person in their own home. We are currently looking for befrienders in various locations throughout the west of Suffolk.
This would be suitable for those people wishing to help people who are blind / partially sighted / visually impaired.
No specific skills necessary but it would help if you enjoy meeting people and have a good listening ear.
Befriending will give you the opportunity to make a real difference to someone's life, just by giving up a little of your time. It provides work experience for those wishing to pursue a career in social care or just working with people in general.
DBS certificates are only available to over-16s.
You will be invited to attend our Visual Awareness training where you will learn how to guide a visually impaired person and also to try some of the daily living aids we provide for our members. During the current restrictions we are holding our induction sessions online.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all our services in some way. Our befriending service has temporarily become a Telephone Befriending Service but we hope face-to-face chats will eventually be possible again.
West Suffolk Sight has one simple aim - to help people maintain their independence in the face of the many challenges posed by sight loss. A team of part-time professional staff, together with over 120 dedicated volunteers, provide a range of services offering information, emotional support, benefits advice, practical aids to daily living and social inclusion throughout West Suffolk.