Become a Macmillan Buddy

Published: 24 November 2022
Image: Kath L photo

Find out how you can directly support a person living with cancer in your community

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our telephone Macmillan Buddy service was an emotional lifeline to hundreds of people across the UK struggling with anxiety and loneliness caused by their cancer and the pandemic.

Over the last year, we have been able to expand our Macmillan Buddy service so we can now support people in their homes, providing a face-to-face emotional and practical support for people living with cancer.

The Macmillan Buddy service is now available through support in the community, or via telephone, and we are currently recruiting for more volunteers to be able to provide this service for people who need our help.

In 84 locations across the UK, we are looking for volunteers to provide support to people in their local communities.

 "I would say to someone thinking about volunteering, just do it…"

Kath is one of our amazing volunteers, and says, ‘I have supported several people through the telephone service and they have lived all over the country. I try to help people make space for themselves, to help them in that moment to get what they need, and hopefully make that person’s week a bit brighter or easier. I would say to someone thinking about volunteering, just do it… It doesn’t matter whether you are experienced or not, there is support there to help you be an amazing support to someone else.’

If you’re feeling inspired by Kath’s words, and would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer Macmillan Buddy, please visit our website to see where we currently have roles available.

We’re looking for compassionate people who want to make a difference to people living nearby, by giving some of their time. You’ll be given lots of training and support, so you can be there for someone living with cancer.

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