Befriending service

A picture of a male befriender and female befriendee sitting down, having a coffee and a chat.

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.

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. 


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.

Vista’s befriending service is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

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For more information, please contact one of our team below.

Case studies

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Vista's befriending service has helped me to continue living a full and happy life.

Sheila developed wet macular degeneration almost ten years ago. After being registered as partially sighted, she was referred to Vista.

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Now that I have someone to help me out, it has changed the way I live.

Before his sight loss, Bhavesh was very outgoing and a keen traveller. At the age of twenty-five, he was diagnosed with Uveitis. His condition deteriorated and impacted his life significantly.

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