Wales Council of the Blind

Service type: Befriending

Befriending scheme - (Aniridia Network)

Befriending scheme for people with aniridia who are members of Aniridia Network - an opportunity to talk to someone who has experience of the condition.

Deafblind UK Befriending service - (Deafblind UK)

Our befrienders are here to talk, laugh and build lasting friendships with. Living with deafblindness can be lonely and you might find yourself feeling increasingly isolated. That’s why we offer a free befriending service where you can have some regular company from a friendly volunteer, either by phone, text message or email.

Friendly AdvantAGE - (Glamorgan Voluntary Services)

The project offers a range of befriending services to reduce loneliness and isolation and improve the wellbeing of older people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Friendly Phone Service - (Visual Impairment Breconshire)

This offers support and friendship through regular phone contact for visually impaired people in Breconshire (South Powys).

Let's Talk Telephone Befriending Service (North Wales) - (Vision Support)

For people living with a vision impairment who may be feeling lonely and isolated and would like a chat to a friendly volunteer. Vision Support's Telephone Befriending Service is delivered by volunteers who can call once a week (or less frequently if desired) at a time on a day that is agreed.

Live Well With Hearing Loss - (Centre of Sign Sight Sound)

Befriending and At Home support for people with a hearing loss or who are Deaf, enabling them to access aids and adaptations to support them to remain independent and safe.

Macular Society Befriending - (Macular Society)

It is not unusual for some people with macular disease to feel isolated, especially if it's difficult to get out and about. However, there is no need to feel alone - MS telephone befrienders can provide a regular friendly phone call, which may help to rebuild confidence and independence. Their telephone befriending service may be especially helpful if you cannot get to one of their support group meetings, but would like to talk to someone who has experience of macular disease.

Macular Society buddies - (Macular Society)

The Macular Society can put you in touch with a Treatment Buddy who has already had treatment, for information and reassurance. If you are experiencing visual hallucinations (Charles Bonnet Syndrome) due to sight loss there is a buddy service where you can talk to someone who has also experienced visual hallucinations for information and reassurance.

My Guide - (Guide Dogs)

The 'My Guide' scheme is a partnership between Guide Dogs and community organisations, which helps people with sight loss get out of their homes and back into the community. My Guide aims to reduce the isolation that many people with sight loss experience, helping to rebuild their confidence and regain their independence.

Peer support - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM))

VIM provides peer support to people with sight loss in Merthyr at their meetings.

Retina UK Talk and Support - (Retina UK)

For people who prefer a regular call from someone who is affected with inherited sight loss and can offer a listening ear, provide information, hints and tips.

RNIB Talk & Support - telebefriending - (RNIB)

This provides opportunities for you to socialise in small groups by phone to build friendships and get peer support with other people in a similar situation. We match individuals together for conversations based on age and group preferences. Trained volunteers or RNIB staff facilitate the groups. Talk and Support befriending groups meet on the same day, at the same time, each week. Each group runs for 55 minutes. Facilitators help the group chat together and keep the conversation flowing.

Sight Life Befriending service - (Sight Life)

An individually planned befriending service whereby volunteers use their sight in a practical way to help the visually impaired person. It can be used for companionship, reading, writing of letters, accompanying etc, but not for domestic work, decorating or gardening.

Telephone Befriending - Ringaround - (Sight Cymru)

If you are isolated we can arrange for one of our volunteers to call you for a friendly chat and help with any difficulties.

Telephone Support - (Ceredigion Association for the Blind)

Blind and partially sighted people who live alone or in isolated areas get a friendly call on a regular basis from volunteers who are themselves blind or partially sighted. Callers can also pick up any needs which may arise. They may be able to provide relevant information or can refer cases to social services.

TorchTalk - Telephone friendship groups - (Torch Trust)

To provide Christian friendship, support, encouragement and fun to people experiencing sight loss (especially those unable to easily access Christian and social activities) via Telephone Friendship Groups. It offers blind and partially sighted people the opportunity via the telephone to share the Scriptures together, pray together and fellowship together - all from the comfort of their own armchair!

Vision Support Home Visitor Service - (Vision Support)

Vision Support understand how isolating living with a vision impairment can be due to reduced confidence and mobility. Our home visitor service is here to provide companionship on a regular basis.