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Description of the role:

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.

Opportunity Activities: Befriending and Buddying, Driving
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

No specific skills necessary but it would help if you enjoy meeting people and have a good listening ear.

What skills will be learned / gained?

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 Check Required: Yes
Driving Licence Required: No
Does this role have age restrictions?: Yes
Details of restriction:

DBS certificates are only available to over-16s.

Mandatory training required for role: Yes
Details of mandatory training:

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.

Extra information:

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.

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: Suffolk Sight
Organisation Profile:

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.