Home Visiting Befriending Volunteer

East Sussex Vision Support

Register your Interest

Befrienders will usually visit a visually impaired person in their own home, and may be asked to read and respond to confidential correspondence, read items of interest, IT support, accompany to medical appointments, short walks, enjoy local trips together or maybe just sit and talk to offer some companionship. Visits can vary depending upon individual circumstances and the duration anything from up to an hour or two. You can devote as much or as little time as you want to volunteer. Whether it’s a couple of hours a week, a month or a year, your time and commitment could have a huge impact on somebody’s life.


  • A liking for and a willingness to help people
  • Friendly disposition 
  • Punctuality
  • Reliable
  • Flexible
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • An ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
  • An ability to maintain own records.


  • One day vision awareness training and on-going support from our Brighton and Hove area Coordinator
  • Improve life-chances and the general well-being of a visually impaired person who feels isolated & lonely
  • Expenses are reimbursed by ESAB

Practical Considerations

  • This opportunity takes place in the Brighton, Hove, Portslade, Rottingdean, Saltdean areas.
  • Visits to people will be taken either in their home, in the community, or in a nursing home or care home.
  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) is required as the work involves working with individuals who may be vulnerable. This will be carried out by East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People

When do I need to be available?

Details Flexible
Morning Afternoon Evening

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
  • Training