seescape

Seescape was founded over 150 years ago in 1865 as Fife Society for the Blind – to make life with a sight loss easier and to allow blind and partially sighted people to be independent. Rebranded in 2018 to seescape.

Today, we have four core functions: Sight Support, Community Enagement, Assistive Technology and The Optician at seescape, Scotland’s first charity optician which is open to the general public. We also hold and maintain the register of sight impaired and severely sight impaired people in Fife.

Information for volunteers

Our befriending service is for people who are affected by sight-loss in Fife. It's aims to reconnect people with their local communities, help alleviate isolation and loneliness and provide social contact via a regular befriending relationship which can last anything from 3 to 12 months.

Befrienders come in all shapes and sizes! We look for people who are empathetic, can actively listen and provide a person-centred approach.

Matches tend to be amongst people in the older population, so an understanding of issues affecting older people is advantageous. During the COVID-19 pandemic we are offering existing and new volunteers the chance to become telephone befrienders and take part in our package of support. Usually, we ask that befrienders can self-travel as befriending may take place in a person's home or out somewhere in the local area but this is restricted just now (April 2020). They also need to be able to commit to a weekly telephone call with the befriendee for a period of time

Training and support is offered (e.g. support/supervision, Sight Assistance/Guide training, First Aid, reasonable expenses, etc). We ask that all those undergo a PVG check too (which seescape organise).

It's a rewarding and enjoyable opportunity and makes a real and lasting difference in an individual's life.

Please contact Kirstie Henderson on Work mobile – 07912 294 956 or seescape mainline: 01592 644979 or email: kirstie.henderson@seescape.org.uk

Contact

Sally Cameron
Seescape
13 Wilson Avenue
Fife
KY2 5EF

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