Home Visiting

The Home Visiting Service provides free, one-to-one support and friendship to people living with sight loss. Our volunteers can visit in your own home or garden or support you to get out and about. The service has obtained Approved Provider Standard, the national quality standard for mentoring and befriending projects.

A volunteer reading to a client

The service seeks to enable people to retain as much independence as possible and to reduce social isolation. Volunteer visitors provide practical help, emotional support and companionship.

Volunteers are carefully matched and can visit people in their homes or at other locations, depending on people’s individual needs and interests. Visits usually take place weekly or fortnightly and last for around 2 hours.

Examples of things a volunteer and client might do include:

o   Reading and sorting mail

o   Shopping together

o   Writing cards

o   Reading out loud for pleasure

o   Going for a walk, exercising or participating in a hobby together

o   Sharing a chat over a cuppa

Please note that volunteers do not carry out any personal care or undertake cleaning, food shopping or household chores.

You can access the service yourself or make a referral on behalf of someone else. The Volunteer Manager will talk you through the scheme, find out what support is needed and give an idea of the timescale for matching you with a volunteer.

Please contact Catherine Bamford on 01904 731122 or email mailto:volunteermanager@mysightyork.org to find out more.

If you would like to volunteer as a Home Visitor, please click here to be redirected to our Volunteering page.

Coronavirus update

Our volunteers are currently not able to visit people at home, however we are happy to take referrals ready for when face to face visits can resume. If you would like to talk to someone regularly by telephone, please contact Caroline Robertson (01904 731124) to find out about our Keeping in Touch project.