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Vista’s befriending service gives you the chance to regularly meet with a volunteer who can help you to enjoy a favourite activity, get out and about or just have a coffee and a chat.
We do our upmost to match you with a volunteer who we think you will get on well with, and who will visit you on a regular basis.
We also offer a residential short stay befriending service, where a volunteer visits you during your stay at one of our residential homes and on your return home for up to twelve weeks in total.
Our Befriending Service aims to:
Meeting with a befriender can make a real difference and lead to a lifelong friendship. There is a one-off fee of £20 once successfully matched to cover the service for a year.
If you would like to be supported by our service, you must be:
We would like to thank our volunteers for their outstanding contribution, providing 2,636 hours in 1,231 visits for people with sight loss in the last 12 months.
Quality in Befriending Award
Quality in Befriending (QiB) Award is the only award in the UK which is
specifically tailored for befriending services. Achieving QiB excellence award,
demonstrates that a project has the management expertise, processes and
resources to deliver a consistently excellent quality service. Vista’s
Befriending Service is the first to gain the excellence award in England.
Could you spare a couple of hours a week?
There are many ways you can help make a difference to a person’s life. You could share a leisure interest, go for a walk, or simply sit and chat together.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer befriender, please visit our volunteer vacancies page for more details.
For more information, please contact one of our team below.
Peter, 83, who lives at New Wycliffe Home, was diagnosed with sight loss two years ago.
Sheila developed wet macular degeneration almost ten years ago. After being registered as partially sighted, she was referred to Vista.