Macmillan Buddy Volunteers

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People living with cancer tell us they need emotional support to feel less isolated and lonely and sometimes need some help with practical tasks that they are temporarily having trouble with. By choosing to join us as a Buddy volunteer, you’ll be doing something amazing for people in these extraordinary times, so they can continue to feel connected to the world outside. Together, we can be right there for people with cancer.

There are two types of buddy volunteer:

-Community Buddy: provides face-to-face support in the community or in people’s homes to alleviate loneliness and help with simple practical tasks.
-Telephone Buddy: provides telephone support to alleviate loneliness and social isolation for people living with cancer

-What we're looking for:
*Good listener and clear communicator
*Patient, flexible and reliable
*Ability to demonstrate empathy and understanding whilst maintaining boundaries
*Good IT skills in order to access required systems and resources
*Understand the need to maintain confidentiality

-What you can gain from this opportunity:
*Meet new people as part of a friendly team that makes a difference
*Use and develop your communication and people skills
*Have a rewarding experience making a difference to people living with cancer
*Receive an induction, relevant training, the support you need to carry out your role, and agreed out-of-pocket expenses (reimbursed within our guidelines)

All volunteer help is greatly appreciated and makes a real difference. For further details/to apply please visit: or contact Clare Jamieson, Macmillan Cancer Support Volunteer Services Delivery Lead (North Scotland) at Email: or telephone: 07561 853550.

Organisation aims and objectives

At Macmillan, we know cancer can affect everything. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. Almost half of us will get cancer, and we need your help to make sure that people get the support they need. Whether it’s minutes or months, hours or days, the time you give by volunteering with Macmillan really does matter.

Frequency and commitment details

Flexible times available to assist. All help is greatly appreciated.


Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Agreed out of pocket expenses are reimbursed within our guidelines.
Training details: Excellent support and relevant training is provided to all volunteers.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
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