You can schedule your chats on a set day and time every week, or you can schedule week-to-week, whatever works for both of you.
For Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, physical distancing can present a unique set of challenges that can contribute to feelings of isolation that many already experience on a daily basis.
During this unprecedented time, one of the easiest things we can do is reach out to each other to engage in friendly conversation and offer support.
To combat the negative ramifications that isolation can have on Canadians with sight loss, the CNIB Foundation has adapted one of its core program offerings, the Vision Mate program, to engage volunteers to connect virtually with participants by phone or online at least once a week.
With physical distancing measures in place, it can be difficult for people with sight loss to pick up their groceries and prescriptions. If you're willing to help, we'd love to hear from you. Together, we'll ensure our community stays connected.
The Virtual Vision Mate program gives volunteers an opportunity to engage in friendly conversations with people who are blind or partially sighted.
Volunteers will be screened, and you'll have an opportunity to ask questions before you're connected with someone with sight loss. The next step is for you and the person with sight loss to be introduced by phone or online. We will provide you with a handy conversation guide to help you get started.
To volunteer as a Virtual Vision Mate, complete the online application form. If you have any issues with the application form, please call us at 1-800-563-2642.