Befriender services

To tackle the problem of loneliness among people living with sight loss, Sight Service offer two befriending services.
Home Befriender
The service works by assigning each person a volunteer befriender, who provides friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis over a period of time.
Telephone Befriender
Sight Service also provides a telephone befriending service which consists of a regular weekly, bi weekly, or monthly phone call. The relationship is structured so that each befriender makes the call at a regular pre-agreed time. All befrienders are volunteers, who freely give up their time to help lonely older people.
These vital services provides a link to the outside world and often acts as a gateway for other services and valuable support.

If you, or anyone you know could benefit from either our Home Befriender service or Telephone Befriender service please get in touch with us on 0191 478 5959 or email
We rely on volunteers to help us provide these vital services, if you would like to volunteer as a Befriender please download the application form below and return it to us, or contact Lynn Ormston on 0191 478 5959 or email for further details.