Join one of our free telephone social groups to make friends, chat with and support other blind and partially sighted people just like you.
Why take part in a Telebefriending group?
Our weekly Telebefriending groups are a great way to meet new people:
To join a group, email [email protected], or call us on 0845 330 3723 or 020 7391 2218.
Over 130 Telebefriending groups currently meet together over the telephone, once a week for around 55 minutes. Groups run between 9.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Every one of our friendly groups is different and it’s up to the people in each group to decide what they like to talk about. People talk about everything from families and daily life to current affairs and interests. People often share practical information and encouragement about living with sight loss.
People from all walks of life join the service. We do our best to find you a group where you will feel comfortable to contribute. The volunteer hosting the group will ensure everyone has an opportunity to talk and feels comfortable to join in the group discussion.
Our groups are safe and confidential and we would never share your details without your permission. If you do meet friends and want to talk at other times we will help you to do this outside of the group.
We realise that from time to time you may not be able to take part in your group or may wish to take a longer break. Just let us know if that’s the case. You are free to return to Telebefriending at any time.
We’ll ask you some questions about your interests and availability
, and use this information to match you into a group. Our priority is to match you with a group which has like-minded people, perhaps of a similar age, interests and situation, rather than eye condition or where you live in the UK.
Depending upon your interests and availability, we will try our best to offer you a group within four weeks. We’ll let you know if it takes longer.
When you meet a group of new people for the first time it can take a little while until you feel confident and settle in to the group. For this reason, we ask all new participants to join a group for a trial period of four weeks before deciding if Telebefriending and your group are right for you. You can ask us to match you into a different group at any time.
Connie is in her 80s and lives in Brighton. Connie has been taking part every week since 2001. This is what Connie enjoys most about her group:
Rosanne is in her mid 60s and has been taking part for over six years. What does Roseanne enjoy most about taking part?
Mandeep is 39 and has taken part in his weekly Telebefriending group for almost a decade. He enjoys hearing about experiences people have had.
After taking part in a Telebefriending group for six months, Brian feels the group has started to make a real difference to his life.
Diane enjoys Telebefriending because it's something different and something that she looks forward to each week.
Ian says the group is good for him because he doesn't have a lot of friends in his local area.