If you need to talk, we're here to listen. With a weekly call from one of our trained Telephone Buddies, you don't have to face cancer alone.

How a telephone buddy helps

Lizzy, a macmillan volunteer, sitting with her phone and talking to someone

Going through cancer can be an isolating experience at any time, and especially when social distancing. Our free Telephone Buddy service is here for you. We'll match you with someone who understands what you're going through, and they'll give you a weekly call.

Your volunteer buddy will be a listening ear, ready to talk about how you’re feeling and your support needs during this difficult time. They can also let you know about our services, and all the ways Macmillan can help, to ensure you don't face cancer alone.

How it works

  • You sign up to register your interest.
  • We'll get in touch to find out what support you need.
  • We'll find a Telephone Buddy who suits your needs.
  • You'll get a weekly call from your Telephone Buddy.

You'll receive up to 12 weeks or more of support, or whatever works best for you.

Please note, this service is temporarily closed for applications.

Due to high demand we have reached our maximum capacity and have had to pause new registrations. If you would like to be notified when we re-open the volunteer buddy service, please email telephonebuddying@macmillan.org.uk.

More information and registration