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What is Befriending?

Our Befriending service offers support and companionship to anyone experiencing serious sight loss living in Buckinghamshire County Council’s catchment area, who may otherwise become socially isolated.

Befrienders will visit the person in their own home, on a regular basis and may be asked to read and respond to confidential correspondence, read items of interest, accompany to medical appointments, enjoy local trips together or maybe just sit and talk to offer some companionship.  Activities are dependent on the requirements and interests of the client.

Our Befriending Service is available to anyone experiencing serious sight loss living in the Buckinghamshire County Council area. Anyone can make a referral to receive our services. Once we have received a referral, the Befriending Service Coordinator will contact the client to arrange a visit, an assessment will take place and if appropriate, a match will be made with an available Befriender based on the information provided.

Points to consider

  • There is currently a waiting list for Befrienders.
  • Clients who are living alone and are unable to get out and about will take priority.
  • An agreement between client and Befriender will be put in place and both the client and Befriender wil be asked to keep the relationship within the agreement boundaries.
  • The Befriender will continue to visit as long as both parties are happy with the relationship.

If you, or someone you know would benefit from a Befriender or you would simply like to find out more please contact us.

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