Our Cancer Buddies are a group of trained volunteers who have either had cancer themselves or have cared for someone with cancer. Because they have been in a similar situation, they can understand what it is like to deal with a cancer diagnosis as a patient or as a partner or family member.
The volunteers are supported by our highly qualified therapy staff. We usually match up volunteers and their clients by whether they are patients or carers and are also happy to ensure that the clients can request a male or female volunteer. We are unlikely to be able to match you up with someone with exactly the same diagnosis.
The scheme is flexible and can last from a couple of weeks to 6 months. The usual support is a weekly or fortnightly phone call.
Alternatively sometimes the buddy and their client meet up for a chat, and this is arranged in an agreed public place such as a coffee shop.
Buddies cannot carry out home visits.
You can find out more about our scheme by contacting the scheme manager Hilary Nugent