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Befriending service

Our telephone befriending service may be especially helpful if you cannot get to one of our support groups but would like to talk to someone who has experience of macular disease.

It is not unusual for some people with macular disease to feel isolated, especially if it’s difficult to get out and about. But, there is no need to feel alone, our telephone befrienders provide friendship and can help to rebuild confidence and independence.

What is a befriender?

They make regular calls and enjoy talking about lots of different things. You choose what you want to talk about – it could be about macular disease, your favourite hobbies or TV programmes, or just the weather!

We aim to find you a befriender who is local and shares your interests, experiences or type of macular disease.

If you are interested in signing up for the telephone befriending scheme, please call the helpline on 0300 3030 111 or email

In the following video, May talks about her experiences of our telephone befriending service.

If you’re having problems viewing this video due to Flash availability, please click here to watch it on Youtube.

This project has been made possible thanks to support from the Big Lottery Fund.

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