Macmillan Telephone Buddies

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.

All photos are of real people living with cancer.

This service is temporarily closed for applications

Telephone Buddies was set up as a coronavirus response project, it has been hugely successful in supporting people living with cancer, however we have reached our maximum capacity and have therefore taken the action to pause new registrations until further notice.

Please note that we are currently not accepting applications to become a volunteer Telephone Buddy. If you are interested in volunteering for Macmillan, then please head over to the Volunteering Village for a selection of the currently available opportunities.

If you would like to be notified when we re-open the volunteer buddy service, please email

Further support

Here are some other services that may be useful if you need support now: 

How a Telephone Buddy helps

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

  1. You sign up to register your interest.
  2. We'll get in touch to find out what support you need.
  3. We'll find a Telephone Buddy who suits your needs.
  4. 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.

Who it's for

We are committed to ensuring that Macmillan Cancer Support is a great place for everyone, and prioritise maintaining a fair, equal, and inclusive environment. Our Telephone Buddies service is available to anyone in the UK who is living with cancer, inclusive of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, gender, sexual orientation or religion and belief. We want everyone to be able to access this service, so please let us know if there is anything we can do for you to do this.