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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. Befrienders will generally sit and talk to  the person within their home or sometimes they may go out for coffee or a walk.  Activities are dependent on the requirements and interests of the client.

Anyone can make a referral to receive our services. Once we have received a referral, our Volunteer Supervisor will contact the client to discuss their needs, and an assessment may need to take place and then, 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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