Befriending

Somerset Sight are seeking volunteer befrienders across the whole of the county.

Volunteers are carefully matched (taking into account common interests and geography) with sight impaired people to provide ongoing companionship and support. Many of our volunteers visit the same person for years or even decades and firm friendships are built. 

  

Here are just a few examples of the people who are referred to the service.

Mrs S lives in Chard. She enjoyed a successful teaching career including lecturing on childcare and health and social care. She had to stop working suddenly because of her sight condition. She is a very bright and friendly lady interested in Old English and American history. She would be a joy for someone to visit. She is hoping for a volunteer to assist her into town for a cup of coffee and to deal with her paperwork and correspondence with her.

Mr B lives in Bruton, He would love to have a volunteer who could take him out for a coffee or stroll or to visit his local cemetery to visit his wife.  His family are very supportive but live some distance away and his daughter would love to see her dad settled knowing he would have a visitor to look forward to when she is unable to be there for him.

Mr B lives in a very pretty village on the outskirts of Yeovil.  He lives alone with his small, elderly dog and would appreciate someone who could visit him on a regular basis.  He would like help to read his post etc. but also to take him out and about occasionally perhaps for a trip to the sea or somewhere for a coffee. He has no family and relies on neighbours for company.  His closest friends nearby are also elderly and no longer drive. He has a cleaner who lives in the same village and relies on a company from Yeovil to help him with his shopping.

D lives in Wellington. She really enjoys documentaries and political discussions and would make a very interesting person for someone to visit. We’d like to find her a cheery bright female volunteer to help her visit the town centre for charity shop browsing, a cup of coffee and a chat.

D who lives in Yeovil is a really lovely lady who has become isolated since her partner died and her eyesight failed. She would love to have someone to chat to over a cup of tea or go out for a trip to a garden centre or even into town. She used to enjoy her painting group but now finds this impossible due to her failing sight.

These are only a few of the people who we support. There are many others across the county. 

Volunteering for Somerset Sight is a very rewarding and fun thing to do and many of our volunteers enjoy visiting as much as those who are visited. We give full training, support and reimburse all reasonable expenses. If you feel you could spare a few hours a week or a fortnight to visit someone who is lonely or isolated please contact us today 01823 333818 or email us here.

In May 2018 we celebrated 20 years of this wonderful service with gatherings around the county and a special Afternoon Tea Party at Wells Town Hall to celebrate this marvellous milestone.