Realeyes Befriending

Berkshire Vision, supporting the Visually Impaired.

Sight loss can take away independence and confidence, and leave those affected isolated. Berkshire Vision supports hundreds of blind and partially sighted children and adults across the county, helping them to live their lives to the full.

We know that the last year and a half has been really tough for visually impaired people. Going out has meant navigating one-way systems, limits on numbers, barriers and queues all while trying to socially distance from people you cannot see. Routes you knew by heart are no longer the same and increased numbers of tables, chairs and signage outside make it difficult to walk down streets that used to be accessible.

As restrictions ease you may want to get back out and about but are feeling nervous and lack confidence. This is where our Realeyes project can help.

Realeyes befrienders can visit you in your home or take you out to a coffee shop, for a walk or other activity, offering you support and encouragement to get back to doing the things you used to love pre-lockdown.

Service access criteria: Suitable for those who are visually impaired
Connecting with others
Getting active
Healthy lifestyle
Day to day helping hand
Helping with money
Information and advice
Transport and getting around
Mental health
Support with housing
Support with employment
Support for carers
Managing a long-term health condition
Basic necessities (food/clothes)
Arts and creativity
Connecting with nature
Youth support
Social prescribing
Additional needs catered for:
Vision impairment friendly
Hearing impairment friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Learning difficulty friendly
Physical disability friendly
Dementia friendly
Takes place in the client’s home
Non English speaking friendly