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Would you like to support someone through their cancer journey?

Tayside Cancer Support offers a free, confidential, one-to-one befriending service for those affected by cancer in the Tayside and the surrounding area. This service is provided by volunteer befrienders who have received relevant and professional training prior to working with clients. Although the charity is a voluntary organisation, the commitment of our volunteers is essential, as we pride ourselves in offering sensitive, yet professional support.

Referrals for the befriending service are generally received from local hospital wards, doctors, nurses and other health professionals, but we also welcome referrals from individuals who feel that a family member or indeed, they themselves would benefit from this support.

We’d love to hear from you if you’d like to become a befriender, here’s what’s involved:
• No experience necessary, all training and supervision is provided
• You can communicate with your client either on the phone or in person
• The commitment is a minimum 1 hour a month
• A good listening ear!

We ask that all new befrienders attend our befriending course. This lasts for around 18 hours and includes the following sessions:-
• Introduction to Tayside Cancer Support Policies Procedures and Boundaries
• Working with People
• Listening & Communication Skills
• Different types of cancer and its treatment
• Handling Grief
• Working with other charities and partner agencies

Once the course is completed successfully, you will be matched with a client to begin the befriending journey. From there you and the client decide what is the best way for you to communicate and how often. This might be in their home, in a coffee shop, online or on the phone. Whatever is suitable for them.
If you think this is for you, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us for a further discussion by clicking on the button below.

Organisation aims and objectives

Supporting families and individuals affected by cancer - befriending, support group, mindfulness courses, health & wellbeing clinic.










Weekly. Hours vary.

Frequency and commitment details

Weekly. Hours vary.


Experience required: A listening ear is vital for this role. Volunteers will need to undertake initial training of around 18 hours and there is an initial commitment of 1 year to the role.
Travel details: Throughout Angus.


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Yes
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer