RNIB Talk and Support runs befriending social groups for adults with sight loss. You can connect with others in the comfort of your own home using your phone or computer.

Our befriending groups help you to socialise by phone, or via the messenger app, for friendship and peer support in small groups of blind and partially sighted people.

How the groups work

Getting connected

We match individuals together for general conversations as part of our Talk and Support befriending offer.

Trained staff or volunteers facilitate the groups. Typically, groups meet on a regular day of the week and can run for a period of six to 12 weeks. Our facilitators help the group chat together and keep the conversation flowing. The service is open to adults who are blind and partially sighted of all ages from across the UK.

Once a group has ended we can offer advice on remaining connected.

What you need to take part

You don't need any special equipment to take part in our social groups. All you need is a access to a phone or computer and somewhere quiet and comfortable while you take part.

We have lots of people who successfully take part in our groups who have difficulties with hearing. If you use a hearing aid or amplified phone then please call us to discuss if you have any concerns.

To join a group contact the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email [email protected].