Macmillan Buddies

If you need to talk, we're here to listen. With a weekly call or visit from one of our trained Macmillan Buddies, you don't have to face cancer alone.

How a Macmillan Buddy helps

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Going through cancer can be an isolating experience at any time, and especially when social distancing. Our free Macmillan 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 telephone call, video call or visit in your home*.

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 make sure 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 telephone call, video call or in-person visit in your home*.

Volunteering to be a Macmillan Buddy

Want to volunteer with us or become a Macmillan Buddy? Browse our volunteering opportunities.