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Sight Support Derbyshire

Volunteer Befriender

Our Befriending Service is offered to visually impaired people who are over 50 and live in Derbyshire. Many of these people live alone, are unable to leave the house easily and are often experiencing difficulties with daily living because of their sight loss. They can become socially isolated and feel very lonely. Our Befriending volunteers help to provide a valuable and much needed service to help these people.


Derbyshire, UK

Is the location accessible for those with physical disabilities or limited mobility?


Is the location accessible by public transport?



Could this role be carried out virtually or through a hybrid volunteering model?


Is a criminal record check (DBS) required for this role?


Is a driving license required?


Are expenses covered?


What will you be doing?

As a Befriender you will visit your befriendee on a regular basis at a mutually convenient time. Having a ‘regular someone’ to talk to can really help people to feel connected, increase their confidence and know that there are people out there who care. Home visits can include a cup of tea and chat and to help with small tasks the befriendee may be unable to do due to their visual impairment. It is usually once a week but is a flexible arrangement. You may play a board or card game, chat about hobbies and interests or just sit and share news and family experiences. You could also take your Befriendee out, perhaps to a local café or garden centre, or to enjoy a walk in your local area.

What skills are required?

No formal qualifications are required. If you have good listening skills, are friendly, reliable, trustworthy, have empathy and lots of enthusiasm, then this could be perfect for you!

Will training be given or available?


Additional important information

Volunteering connects you to others and the wider community and helps make it a better place. You can meet new people and make new friends. Helping others can be extremely rewarding and can give a sense of purpose and improve self-confidence. You can learn new skills and gain experience.

For further information on this opportunity and more please complete this form:

Alternatively email quoting the opportunity number stated below.


People Centred

Volunteer Opportunity No.


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