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Befriending and volunteer support - Macmillan

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A dedicated team of befriender/support volunteers will provide practical and emotional support to those aged over 25 who feel isolated and are or have been affected by cancer.

For the most part this involves lending a listening ear.  Allowing people with cancer the chance to talk openly and in a non-judgmental context helps lessen isolation, and increases a persons confidence and self-esteem.  This may also stimulate developing wider social networks.

Volunteers can make a huge difference by providing help tailored to individual needs for up to 12 weeks. Support could include:

  • Light gardening or housework
  • Shopping
  • Lifts to one-off appointments in the community
  • Preparing a light meal
  • Having a chat and a cup of tea
  • Going out for a coffee, visiting a garden centre or going for a walk
  • Support over the phone
  • Signposting to other relevant support services 

If you would prefer, you can ask your cancer nurse specialist or health professional to contact us on your behalf.

Who to contact

Telephone
0808 808 00 00
E-mail
berksreferrals@macmillan.org.uk
Website
Macmillan - information and support

Where to go

Postcode
RG14 1BZ

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
Referral Details

The service is available Monday to Friday, 8am - 7.30pm and weekends by arrangement. If you would prefer, you can ask your cancer nurse specialist or health professional to contact us on your behalf.