A CHARITY helping the visually impaired is calling on Malvern residents to volunteer to make a difference in the community. 

Sight Concern Malvern is looking for "befrienders" to help blind and visually impaired people in the town and surrounding area, many of whom have felt lonely and isolated as a result of the pandemic, as well as anxious about resuming social contact.

A spokesman said: "Now that restrictions have been lifted, people are getting back to a more normal way of life with activities resuming and sports, theatre and local events returning to Malvern.

"However many of our clients with sight loss or a visual impairment are still feeling lonely and isolated and anxious about resuming social contact.

"We urgently need volunteer befrienders to support our clients in the Malvern area.

"A lady in her 90’s is finding paperwork very hard to manage due to her sight impairment.

"Another client looking for a befriender is a keen artist, loves gardens and enjoys knitting, sewing and crosswords.

"There is also a lady who loves gardening and used to have her own farm.

"These ladies would appreciate visits for companionship whilst another of our older clients would love to go out occasionally for a coffee and a chat."

Anyone who can offer help can contact Jackie Murrall on j.murral@sightconcern.co.uk for more information.

Sight loss awareness training can be provided over zoom and in person.