New befriending service for people with sight loss
A new befriending scheme is underway to help people adjust to sight loss…
Journeying With, launched by Torch Trust, brings trained volunteers from local churches as befrienders alongside
people experiencing sight loss.
"As it can be extremely isolating losing your sight ‘Journeying With’ has and continues to provide those affected an opportunity to build confidence and cope more effectively with the challenges sight loss presents. People who have engaged on ‘Journey With’ report increased levels of self-confidence and improvement to their independence. Through providing accompaniment ‘Journey With’ has opened up opportunities for people with sight loss to go out and partake in activities without relying on family and friends. Thereby, helping those with sight loss establish lasting relationships within the local community. ‘Journey With’ has and continues to reduce levels of isolation, promote independence and social inclusion across the Southern Trust area. This service is very effective as it impacts people at all stages of their sight loss journey and service is tailored to match the pace and needs of the individual concerned."
Louise Mallon, RNIB / Southern Trust, Northern Ireland
Journeying With schemes run in partnership with a local church or networks and link with local health and social care professionals, so that they reflect local needs. Torch provides training and comprehensive guidance.
Journeying With volunteers offer confidential support for a few hours each week, over six months. This may be visiting at home, accompanying to appointments, meeting out and about or a listening ear over the telephone. Volunteers help to connect clients with other local services, and offer emotional support to help clients come to terms with change. Volunteers are DBS checked and supported through ongoing supervision and training.
Confidential support for people adjusting to life with sight loss
Information and links to local services
Support when dealing with outside agencies and healthcare professionals
Information about other services available from Torch
A listening ear and Christian companionship
The opportunity to discuss deeper feelings and faith
For stories about how people have been helped by local Christian befrienders see our 'Success stories'.
Journeying With is a free service. The scheme is open to clients over 18, who are losing sight and live in a scheme area. To find out more about the schemes running in your area or how to make referrals please fill out the 'Expression of Interest Form' or contact us for more details.
The information on this page is available to download in a leaflet:
(Print, giant print and audio copies are also available. Please contact the Journeying With team to request copies.)