Macmillan Community Buddy

  • VO95679


Why we want you Bring your listening and communication skills to support people living with cancer to feel less isolated and lonely and to help with practical tasks that they are temporarily having trouble with. By joining us you’ll be doing something amazing for people, so they can continue to feel connected to the world outside and helping them find their best way through. Together, we can be right there for people with cancer. What you will be doing Providing face-to-face support in the community or in people’s homes to alleviate loneliness and help with simple practical tasks Adopting a non-judgemental and supportive approach to understand the needs and concerns of people living with cancer Supporting 1-3 people living with cancer every week for up to 12 visits Completing post call ‘records of activity’ reports and using all required systems Joining group catch up calls every 4-6 weeks to get key updates and/or share good practice Volunteering within agreed hours and following all best practice guidelines Signposting to additional support if required and raising any further concerns with the Macmillan team What's in it for you 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 who are especially isolated Receive an induction, relevant training, the support you need to carry out your role, and agreed out-of-pocket expenses (reimbursed within our guidelines).

Organisation aims and objectives

Founded in 1911, Macmillan Cancer Relief (formerly Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund) works to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Each year they help more than 200,000 people throughout the UK. They provide funding for Macmillan nurses, doctors and other posts, provide patient grants, fund building developments or refurbishments and provide an information service. They can help by giving benefits advice and showing you how to fill in forms and apply for grants. Find local services on the website.


Experience required: Good listener and clear communicator Patient, flexible and reliable Ability to respect others’ differences and choices Ability to demonstrate empathy and understanding while maintaining boundaries Ability to recognise when to ask for support.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Training details: Will be computer based training, both self guided and live training.