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Eye Buddy Scheme

Social event for Talking Newspapersused to create space Eye Buddies Ernest Buges and Nina Murphy with buddy co-ordinator Jackie Gould

What is the Eye Buddy Scheme?

A very simple concept. A trained volunteer visits a blind or partially sighted person in their home on a regular basis.

What do the visits entail?

Tasks that a person with vision loss may find difficult, reading mail, dealing with bills, writing letters, perhaps a walk to the local shops. Another frequent request is for companionship to ease loneliness and isolation, just a cup of tea and a chat.

Many visually impaired people are unable to go out because of their sight loss and appreciate getting out of the house by being taken out for short visits to the shops, the park or the river.

How are blind and partially sighted people referred?

Referrals come from Social Services, local charities such as Age Concern, Churches, hospitals, local blind clubs etc. Blind and partially sighted people and their families may also make direct referrals.

What does the Kingston Association for the Blind offer volunteers?

After an informal chat and completion of application forms, a blind awareness training session will be offered. Continuous support is available and volunteers are always accompanied by one of the K.A.B. team on their first visit to their client. Reimbursement of travel expenses is offered to volunteers when visiting their clients.

Who can be a volunteer?

Anyone over the age of 18. All we ask is the commitment to visit a client once a week, or sometimes once a fortnight, on a regular basis. Volunteers will be asked what they would like to do, and an introduction will be made taking into consideration area, travel arrangements, interests, likes and dislikes etc. Volunteers can visit during the day, evenings or weekends.

How can I find out more information?

Telephone the K.A.B. office on 020 8605 0060 and they can have a chat about the scheme and will send you more information and application forms.

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