Community Connect – Reducing isolation for older people in Essex with hearing or sight loss

We all know what it’s like to feel a bit lonely, and having a sensory loss can make things feel worse. Would you find it useful if a volunteer visited you at home, or contacted you regularly for a friendly chat?

To tackle the problem of isolation for people with sensory challenges, Royal Association for Deaf people has joined forces with Hearing Help Essex and Support 4 Sight to develop befriending services.

How can Befrienders help?

Befrienders can provide friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis.

Befriending support can be:

  • Face-to-face; where a volunteer befriender visits you at home or accompanies you to a social event
  • By telephone or web chat/video call

Befrienders can help by:

  • Looking at other ways that you can socialise including video call and webchat
  • Giving you information on local social groups (e.g. Visual Impairment coffee mornings, Deaf Clubs, hearing impaired groups)
  • Providing details of local sessions on equipment maintenance and demonstration such as hearing aids and assistive technology
  • Encouraging good health and wellbeing

If you would like more information or know someone who may benefit from the Community Connect service, contact:
Support 4 Sight (Essex)
2 & 4 George Street
Saffron Walden
Essex
CB10 1EQ

Telephone: 01799 523700

Mobile/SMS:   07904 063917

Email: essexvision@support4sight.org.uk