Christine Cowap, our local Macmillan Engagement Lead, shares the following:
“As part of our response to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have built on the existing good practice of our local volunteer buddy schemes and are now offering a Telephone Buddying service to people living with cancer across the UK. This is will see trained and supported Macmillan volunteers offering a weekly telephone chat service; providing a listening ear and low level emotional support, as well signposting to our and other appropriate services.”
“Following this link will take you to the page on our website where you can refer someone, or the link can be shared for people to self-refer. Anyone referred will have an initial conversation and assessment with a Macmillan member of staff, and will then be matched with a volunteer buddy. Our experienced Macmillan volunteer managers will be supervising and supporting the buddies throughout the process, and service users will also have a named Macmillan member of staff to contact if necessary.”
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