We all know what it’s like to feel a bit lonely, and having a sensory loss can make things feel worse. Would you find it useful if a volunteer visited you at home, or contacted you regularly for a friendly chat?
To tackle the problem of isolation for people with sensory challenges, Royal Association for Deaf people has joined forces with Hearing Help Essex and Support 4 Sight to develop befriending services.
How can Befrienders help?
Befrienders can provide friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis.
Befriending support can be:
- Face-to-face; where a volunteer befriender visits you at home or accompanies you to a social event
- By telephone or web chat/video call
Befrienders can help by:
- Looking at other ways that you can socialise including video call and webchat
- Giving you information on local social groups (e.g. Visual Impairment coffee mornings, Deaf Clubs, hearing impaired groups)
- Providing details of local sessions on equipment maintenance and demonstration such as hearing aids and assistive technology
- Encouraging good health and wellbeing
If you would like more information or know someone who may benefit from the Community Connect service, contact:
Support 4 Sight (Essex)
2 & 4 George Street
Telephone: 01799 523700
Mobile/SMS: 07904 063917