This service compliments the work of the Sunderland Macmillan
Information Service, Specialist Palliative Care Team, AgeUK Sunderland and
other community services.
It supports individuals who are living with cancer to feel
more in control, improve quality of life and 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 arrange a visit to discuss
the service and match them with a Macmillan Volunteer. They work with the person on a one to one
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.