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Evelyn’s Sightline Story

I have marginal vision in my left eye and slightly more in my right. I had to stop driving 7 years ago and have come a long way since then. As the years go by, I have learnt to deal with the highs and lows. I frequently go out and about and my cane is a lifeline to me....

Evelyn’s
Sightline Story

I have marginal vision in my left eye and slightly more in my right. I had to stop driving 7 years ago and have come a long way since then. As the years go by, I have learnt to deal with the highs and lows. I frequently go out and about and my cane is a lifeline to me.

I am very fortunate that my son and grandson live above my flat and this arrangement works well. I don’t like to impose too much but know that if I need anything they are close by to help. I can always find the odd job or two for my grandson to do when he’s home from college!

I go shopping with my friend so am happy and grateful she will help me make sure I have everything I need at home. Now the pandemic restrictions are easing I have just joined the church choir, am looking to start a new Fellowship group and even thinking of booking a holiday abroad!

I do get my down days, but now pandemic restrictions are lifting I am getting out and about and meeting more people which is helping hugely. The befriending service makes a big difference to my life. Whilst I am able to leave the house, I need a friendly ear as I do still spend a lot of time indoors.

It is really It’s hard to decide my favourite memory from my befriending relationship so far but my befriender’s understanding means so much. He knows where I am coming from with my feelings and experiences, and this provides great comfort to me.

Knowing what I am going through and understanding my limitations is invaluable.

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We both benefit from our befriending relationship and have said we really look forward to our weekly calls.

(Name has been changed to protect service user identity.)

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