Sight Concern Worcestershire is looking for people to take part in their SocialEyes Volunteer programme.

Bromsgrove and Droitwich Area

A lady in her 80’s in Bromsgrove would appreciate company and help with her food shopping.

Activity: Support would be needed to go to the shops which would include accessing the shops either by car or by taxi. Help would also be needed with reading product labels and locating items in the shop.

How often: Once a fortnight.

Other Interests: She used to like knitting. She enjoys dance-related and historic TV programmes and keeps up with the current news.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make?  She would really welcome having somebody to get out and about with. She says, “A SocialEyes Volunteer would provide me with a bit of company, and it would be a luxury if I’m taken out.”

A young woman in her 30’s in Bromsgrove would like a shopping and dog-walking companion.

Activity: Visits would entail tea and a chat. The time of the visits can be arranged to suit both parties.

How often: Once a fortnight, for as long as both would like. 

Other Interests: She enjoys watching soaps, such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale, as well as crime dramas like Poirot and Midsummer Murders.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make?  She says, “It would be very nice, as I don’t see many people.”

A lady in her 90’s in Droitwich would like to go to garden centres.

Activity: She would like somebody to help build her confidence in walking and getting out and about again. She loves gardening so would enjoy trips to the garden centre for coffee, company and a walk around.

How often: Once a week, for an hour or two.

Other Interests: As well as gardening, this lady enjoys stories (especially about the countryside) and gets the Talking Newspaper and books from the library.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make?  Her son says, “She’d be able to get her confidence back with walking and she loves company so being able to talk to different people talking about different things, such as family, local issues, nature etc., would make a really big difference to her.”

A lady in her 90’s in Rubery would like company and help with reading.

Activity: She would be grateful of company and a chat, and perhaps help with reading the occasional letter or food labels. 

How often: Once every three weeks or so for no more than a couple of hours.

Other Interests: She enjoys listening to the radio but her sight loss and mobility mean that she can’t see to read and can’t get about very well.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make?  She says, “It would be something to look forward to.”

A lady in her 80’s in Bromsgrove needs help reading her post and would like to go on outings.

Activity: She needs somebody to help her to read her post and would also appreciate it if they could take her out to the odd coffee shop or garden centre.

How often: Once a fortnight, for 1-2 hours, depending on whether they stayed in or went out.

Other Interests: She used to enjoy gardening and still likes visiting garden centres.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make?  She says, “Having someone visit would be great as they could help read post, that sort of thing. I would be so grateful. It would give me something to look forward to.”

A gentleman in his 80’s living in a rural area near Bromsgrove would like to go for walks in the local countryside.

Activity: He would like to go for a walk in the local countryside one afternoon a week. He used to have a volunteer who he would go for a long walk down the lane with, to the pub and back, and would like to do this again.

How often: Once a week.

Other Interests: This gentleman has always been very into sport. He goes swimming, has done tandem cycling for ten years through another befriending partnership and is keen to find someone to go walking with.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make?  He says, “I do get a bit lonely at times, I have carers come every morning and at night, but in between I’m on my own. I have friends who visit now and again but there are periods where I sit and listen to TV or talking books.”

 

Evesham and Pershore Area

A gentleman in Broadway would like to find a chess companion.

Activity: A gentleman would like somebody to play chess with. He is happy to play in home home or at a nearby café but would need the volunteer to drive for him if so.

How often: To be agreed between both parties

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make? He could continue to enjoy his hobby despite his visual impairment.

 

A lady aged 80 would like to go shopping in Pershore

Activity: She would like to be able to walk (with support) to the local shops

How often: Once a week if possible, but less frequent if necessary. Afternoons are best, preferably a Wednesday 

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make? The support of someone to walk with her by letting her take their arm to keep her steady especially on uneven footpaths and getting up and down steps would really help.

 

A lady who lives in Broadway would like somebody to get out and about with.

Activity: She would like to be able to get out and about to know the area as she is fairly new to Broadway

How often: Once a month or once a fortnight

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make? Help the lady to get more out of life

 

Malvern Area

A lady in her 80’s in Malvern would like help to get out and about.

Activity: She would like to be able to get out and about, either to go shopping in town or to walk in the countryside.

How often: Once a fortnight to start with.

Other interests: This lady likes walking and the countryside and was a farmer for many years. She also used to enjoy horse riding.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make?

She says “It would help my life. It would make life a bit more worth living. I get a little lonely. You don’t always feel you can call on neighbours, especially when you are an independent person. It would be lovely to have someone visit occasionally.”

 

 

A pianist in Malvern would like a volunteer with an interest in piano and classical music

Activity:This lady is a pianist and has composed her own music. She would like to be able to read the music that she has but due to her sight loss this is difficult.

How often: To be agreed between both parties

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make? Someone who is able to read piano music and would  be able to sit with her and encourage, prompt notes/sharps/flats and turn the pages would mean that she would be able to complete a page of music. She would also enjoy the company of someone with whom to share the interest of piano and classical music over a cup of tea.

 

Redditch Area

A lady in her 80’s in Redditch would like to go swimming.

Activity: She would like to swim and is confident in the water but hasn’t swum for about ten years and needs someone to accompany her due to her sight loss. She feels this would really help her to build up her fitness again.

How often: For about half an hour on a weekly basis.

Other Interests: She likes dancing and gardening and used to have an allotment.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make?  She says, “It’s something I’ve always liked, and it would be something to get me out of the house a bit more because I can’t go out of the house on my own anymore. I may be 80 but I’m very active!”

To learn more, please take a look at Frankie’s story, on our SocialEyes Volunteering page.

A lady in Redditch would like to go for walks.

Activity: She would like to go for walks in her local park (e.g. Arrow Valley Park). She needs someone to guide her so she can build up her confidence again. She would also benefit from help with reading her post.

How often: Once a fortnight.

A gentleman in Redditch would appreciate somebody to visit for company and a chat.

Activity: Simply companionship

How often: Best days are Tues, Wed or Thurs, frequency to be agreed between both parties

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make? He would really appreciate some company. It would make such a difference to his life.

 

A lady in her 90’s in Redditch would like someone to visit her.

Activity: She would appreciate somebody coming to visit for a cup of tea and a chat. She would particularly like somebody who she can chat to about things local to Redditch!

How often: Once a week for an hour or so.

Other Interests: She plays bingo twice a week and used to knit and crochet.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make?  She says, “It would be nice to chat to someone from Redditch as I am always on my own.”

A lady in her 50’s would like a volunteer to visit her for company and to do activities at home

Activity: Such as completing puzzles, or helping with some basic cooking.

How often: Flexible

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make? It would help this lady to keep busy, independent and active.

 

Worcester Area

A lady in her 60’s north of Worcester would like to visit National Trust places.

Activity: She would like a companion to help her to get out and about and to socialise more as she lives in a rural location. She would particularly enjoy visiting National Trust properties.

How often: Fortnightly or monthly.

Other Interests: She has a lot of interests include gardening, music, spirituality and wildlife.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make?  She says, “It would give me freedom to go out to places more and not be so restricted by bus routes and times – and to have someone be my eyes so I can participate more fully.”

A Worcester lady in her 40’s would like to go tandem cycling and/or learn to knit.

Activity: She has several interested she’d love to share with someone including tandem cycling, helping her improve her knitting skills and/or just meeting up for coffee and a chat.

How often: Weekly or fortnightly.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make?  She says, “I have a tandem but am desperate for someone to ride it with… Either of the activities has to include copious tea room stops of course! Or if someone doesn’t like or can’t do either of them but likes visiting tea rooms and chatting that would be great too!

A lady in Worcester would like somebody to visit her.

Activity: She would appreciate somebody who could visit her for a cup of tea and a chat.

How often: Flexible.

Other Interests: She loves animals and also enjoys cooking programmes.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make?  She is not able to get out very much so would appreciate company.

 

A lady in Worcester who loves animals would appreciate a visitor

Activity: Someone who loves animals would be an ideal volunteer. If they have a small, calm dog, client would love for them to visit too.

How often: Flexible – to be agreed between both parties 

Other Interests: She loves animals and also enjoys cooking programmes.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make? The companionship of a visitor would make a real difference to this lady’s life.

 

Wyre Forest Area

A lady in her 90’s in Stourport would like company.

Activity: She would like somebody to visit. She would appreciate a bit of company and maybe to go out occasionally.

How often: Once a week for a couple of hours.

Other Interests: She is interested in gardening and antiques.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make?  She would love to be able go to garden centres and into town for a little walk around the shops.

A lady in her 90’s in Kidderminster would like to get out and about.

Activity: She would like a companion to help her to get out and about, whether in her local town or other places of interest.

How often: Once a fortnight/month, for a couple of hours.

Other Interests: She has liked reading, music and TV. She used to garden and still enjoys garden centres. She would also like to go to other places with a volunteer who could describe what is there.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make?  She says, “It would give me a chance to talk to someone who doesn’t know me, so I can get a different point of view from someone who can understand what I am going through”.

A lady in her 50’s in Stourport would like to build up her fitness.

Activity: She needs somebody to guide her so she can get out and about more. She needs to build up her fitness so she can apply for a Seeing Dog. She would be happy to do this through regular walks in the local area, into town or by doing some other activity that would help with her fitness.

How often: Weekly for about an hour

Other interests: She “madly loves” athletics and in particular shot, discus and javelin. She competed for West Midlands region and GB.

What difference would a SocialEyes Volunteer make? She says “It would give me confidence to get out and about and meet other people.”

To learn more, please take a look at Vicky’s story, on our SocialEyes Volunteering page.

The SocialEyes volunteering service has been made possible thanks to funding from both Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) and National Lottery players.

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