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Project information

Home Visiting Service (Befriending)

Visual Impairement can be very isolating. Our team of volunteers visit a blind or partially sighted person in their home for a cup of tea and a friendly chat approximately once a week. This is a vital part of our work and many have said they really look forward to these visits.


Charity information: Teesside & District Society for the Blind

Teesside & District Society for the Blind logo
  • Need


    Mainly isolation and loneliness.


    By bringing new conversation and interest into the life of a blind or partially sighted person.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To promote independence in the lives of blind and partially sighted people living in Teesside area


    » Socialising, helping with daily correspondence, assiting with appointments, etc.

    What success will look like

    Success will be acheived by the person becoming more able to cope with their daily lives.

  • Impact


    Friendships formed, confidence raised.


    Possible mismatch of volunteer and client. We question each client and volunteer about their hobbies and interest and try to establish links with those who share common interests.


    Website displays up to date information on our activities. Trustee report produced each September. Quarterly Newsletter available through website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Volunteer Co-ordinator Training, Handbooks, Monthly liaison meetings with clients and volunteers
      £1,000 Enhanced CRB CRB costs for volunteers to have enhanced disclosure via umbrella body.
      £4,000 Volunteer Expenses expenses incurred through travel to and from clients address, plus telephone costs.
  • Background


    Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton local authority areas.


    2,500 blind and partially sighted people living in the Teesside area.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are centrally based with a team of 81 volunteers who are committed to helping the needs of blind and partially sighted people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs Rona Aston

    Manager of the Society. Oversees the smooth running of this project and reports statistics to each of the local authorities in the area each month

    Mrs Sue Simpson

    Volunteer Co-ordinator - recruits and trains all volunteers. Links client with suitable volunteers and checks each month on staus of the link.

    Norma Hathaway

    Volunteer - visits client each week and assists with daily correspondence. Stays for a cup of tea and a chat. Also telephones regularly.

    Betty Coulthard

    Volunteer - visits elderly blind lady each week. Stays for chat and cup of tea, helps with daily correspondence, liases with Vol. Co-ordinator month