I have been volunteering for Sightline for just under 3 months now. I became a volunteer because I am going through my own sight loss journey and understand how lonely and scary it can be. I felt I could offer a friendly chat and a listening ear.
I speak to several people; some are struggling to accept their sight impairment and are very upset and others just want to enjoy a chat and a good laugh.
From the feedback from the service users, they tell me they really benefit speaking to someone that understands their situation and how difficult things like getting around and cooking etc. can be. They also look forward to the company that our calls bring.
Volunteering for Sightline has had such a positive impact on my daily life; I have so much more confidence now. All my friends and family have noticed; I have even done a short video to raise awareness of the volunteering opportunity available (which would not have happened before I joined Sightline). It has lifted my mood and I can’t believe how lucky I am getting to chat to these lovely people.
“My favourite Sightline Befriending moment so far was when I was talking to someone for the first time who was very sad. I told the funny, true story about me losing my false eye on the bus; sadness turned straight into total laughter, and we’ve enjoyed many a chuckle ever since.”
I actively do and would encourage volunteers to join the Sightline Telephone Befriending Service – it really is a wonderful thing to be part of.
We currently have a number of volunteering opportunities available. Please get in touch if you can spare as little as 1 hour a week. Your call can really make a difference to someone living in the sight loss community.
Call 0800 587 2252 or email us at email@example.com to find out more.
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