Everybody needs somebody, but not everybody has someone. Volunteer for just one hour a week and you can change someone's life.
Lancashire charity, Sightline Telephone Befriending Service, is looking for volunteers, to support their fantastic service to individuals in the sight loss community.
Sightline’s telephone-based befriending service is designed to reduce loneliness and isolation in the visually impaired community. Regular phone-based befriending is arranged at a convenient time for both parties and allows volunteers to give their time from any location.
Many of Sightline’s service users and volunteers are benefiting from the positive impact a telephone befriending relationship can offer. Sightline matches people based on common values and interests for telephone calls at an agreed day and time.
The service is staffed by Sightline’s amazing team of dedicated, friendly, trained volunteers; the majority of whom have close experience of sight loss. They provide much-needed support and friendship.
The results of befriending can be very significant. Befriending often provides people with a new direction in life, opens doors to a range of activities and leads to increased self-esteem and self-confidence.
Sightline believes in the intrinsic value of befriending relationships and will provide the service for as long as people feel they want it.
Rebecca Billington, marketing manager at Sightline said: "We are on the lookout for new volunteers who can make a difference in people's lives and support our waiting list of service users.
"All you need is one hour a week! You can make the calls from the comfort of your own home, while out walking or on your lunch break. The service can work whenever and wherever works for both parties, it’s as easy as that.
"If you’re interested in volunteering please just get in touch and we can answer any questions you may have.”
Eleanor, volunteer for Sightline added: “I volunteer for Sightline and make calls twice a week. I find it very fulfilling knowing you’re helping someone and making a difference in their life. I wouldn’t give it up for the world and would encourage everyone to volunteer for Sightline.”
Watch the Sightline Volunteer Voices video, to find out more.