A free service aiming to help visually impaired people maintain as much independence as possible. Volunteers visit blind or partially sighted people in their own homes to provide practical help, emotional support or companionship.
The service is available for anyone with a visual impairment who would benefit from having a regular visitor. Visitors may
- Help with reading and answering mail, or sorting papers
- Help to choose large print or talking books.
- Go for a walk, shopping trip or on an outing with you.
- Help with leisure pursuits like swimming, gardening, crosswords, etc.
- Provide companionship and conversation over a cup of tea or coffee.
- Help with light practical tasks like changing light bulbs, batteries etc.
- Help with organising area of the home or aspects of your life in order to make them easier to manage.
Home Visitor with client
Visitors are all volunteers who give their time freely. They are carefully selected and given some training, but essentially they are ordinary people, from all backgrounds and of all ages, who are willing to provide friendship to people who might otherwise be isolated. Most visitors visit regularly once a week or once a fortnight for a couple of hours, but some visitors can help with one-off tasks or short-term support.
What one client said:
“I would be in a different place altogether if it wasn’t for my volunteer”
Visitors are not able to provide personal care.
If you would like to have a Volunteer Visitor, or know someone who might benefit from the service, please contact YBPSS