FIFERS with visual impairments are more likely to experience loneliness and depression compared to the general population and a charity has issued an urgent appeal for volunteers to step up to help.

These feelings of isolation can also result in poorer health outcomes and mental health issues and Seescape said that someone to talk to can make all the difference.

It's the leading visual impairment charity in Fife and urgently requires volunteer befrienders to connect with clients who have been referred for support.

A spokesperson explained: "Seescape works with people living with visual impairments in Fife to enable them to live an independent life.

"Our community engagement programme offers people the opportunity to connect with others, whether it’s through social groups or chatting regularly with a volunteer befriender.

"Our telephone befriending service has provided a lifeline for people during the pandemic, with weekly phone calls from a befriender offering clients the opportunity to chat and share interests with someone who suitably matched with them."

The charity oversees all befriending partnerships to make sure people involved have a good experience, with ongoing support provided and regular monitoring.

The spokesperson added: "There are many more people waiting on a volunteer befriender and we are looking for suitably motivated, friendly and empathetic people who can provide this much needed service in Fife.

"Full training and support are provided, as well as the opportunity to engage with other volunteers through regular zoom meetings and other training events.

"Whilst telephone has been established as an effective method of contact throughout the pandemic, and will continue, it is hoped visits can take place when it is safe for face-to-face contact to resume soon."

If you, or someone you know is interested and wants to find out more contact Kirstie Henderson on 01592 649883, 07946 288712 or email:

You can also contact Seescape via Facebook and Twitter.