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The Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD) is delighted to announce the continuation of its Community Connect service in partnership with Hearing Help Essex and Support 4 Sight. This befriending service aims to reduce isolation for people with sensory challenges in Essex.

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?

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, please contact:

Support 4 Sight (Essex)
2 & 4 George Street
Saffron Walden
CB10 1EQ

Voice Phone: 01799 523700
Mobile/SMS: 07904 063917

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