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We would like to pay tribute to the unsung heroes of our Society, that is our first rate team of Volunteers who all work so hard and demonstrate such tremendous commitment to ensure the continued smooth running of all our activities. Thank you so much, we wouldn't be able to do it without you.

We have Volunteers in each of the following areas:

  • Telephone Befriending Service
  • IT Training
  • Blink
  • Men's Club
  • Mixed Club
  • Bowls Clubs
  • Coffee Mornings
  • Summer Holiday
  • Guided Walks
  • Fundraising
  • Special Events

 Many of our Volunteers are visually impaired themselves and they come from all walks of life. If you feel you might be able to spare a little time on a regular basis to help the Ipswich Blind Society please feel free to telephone the Ipswich Blind Society Office on 01473 219712. Our Volunteers tell us that they find this to be an extremely rewarding activity.

The Befriending Service

  • Tackling loneliness
  • Providing Social Contact
  • Operated by the visually impaired for the visually impaired.


Being a Befriender

With the numbers of visually impaired people, and the costs and time involved in arranging Home Visits, The Befriending Service is designed to provide isolated Visually Impaired people with a friend they can relate to and regular social contact.


How the Befriending Service works

  • The Volunteers are themselves Visually Impaired, covering a wide age range and set of skills, but giving them something in common with the people they contact
  • Users referred to the service are registered Blind or Visually Impaired and live in Ipswich.
  • Referrals are made by the Society’s own Community Workers who provide a visiting, advice and support service to visually impaired people in their own homes.
  • Users then receive a telephone call from a Volunteer at the same time on the same day each week.
  • Volunteers operate during Office Hours from the Society’s Office so that back-up is available for any problems that may arise.
  • Volunteers will have bi-monthly meetings to ensure the service is running smoothly and to maintain contact.

Photograph of a volunteer on the phone

  • Tackling loneliness
  • Providing social contact
  • Operated by the Visually Impaired for the Visually Impaired

How to receive the Befriending Service

Contact the Society to arrange for one of our Community Workers to visit you.

You can contact us at Ipswich Blind Society, 19 Tower Street, Ipswich, IP1 3BE

 10 am – 1 pm Monday and Wednesday.

Telephone: Ipswich 219712



5 great reasons to volunteer today!

1. You will be helping isolated Visually Impaired people avoid loneliness and maintain

Social Contact.

2. You will be trained to provide an excellent service.

3. You will gain valuable “office” type experience.

4. You will only be asked to commit to one half-day per week.

5. You will gain several new friends!


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