Macmillan – Befriending Service

We also offer a Befriending Service that complements the work of the Sunderland Macmillan Information Service, Specialist Palliative Care Team, AgeUK Sunderland and other community services.

We are here to support individuals who are living with cancer within the Sunderland/Washington area in order to enable them to feel more in control and to empower them as individuals and improve quality of life as well as reduce social isolation.

The service accepts referrals from health and social care professionals (clinical nurse specialists, ward managers/staff, social workers and the Palliative Care Team).  Patients and carers can self refer; this will be followed up by liaising with a health or social care professional.

The Befriending Co-ordinator, will then arrange a visit to discuss the service and match them with a Macmillan Volunteers.  They work with the person on a one to one basis.

Volunteers assist with ongoing support through visiting and also provide assistance to access community venues, hospital appointment and events as well as companionship.

If you require any further information.  Please contact Mandy Humes, Befriending Co-ordinator, at the Macmillan Centre on ext47657.