Buddy – a friend with a purpose

Beth Johnson Foundation
July 24, 2019
Stoke on Trent
Opportunity Type
New Skills & Experiences, Utilise Existing Skills


Purpose of role: To support people living with or beyond cancer by making regular visits to them and or telephone calls, offering companionship and a listening ear. To understand the needs of someone who has cancer, offer companionship and reduce isolation with an aim to improve the quality of someone's life.

Duties of role:

    • Maintaining contact with clients who are affected by cancer with an aim to improve life quality and reduce isolation.
    • To regularly visit the client at a venue of their choosing, or to telephone on a regular basis
    • To support the client emotionally.
    • To offer support to the client, having the time to listen to people.
    • To understand the boundaries of being a Buddy.
    • To deal with confidential or sensitive information appropriately and report immediately any safeguarding issues to Project Manager/ Link Worker / Volunteer Co-ordinator.
    • To be punctual and ensure notice is given if an appointment cannot be kept.
    • To always ensure that your own personal values and opinions are put to one side and to understand the needs of the person affected by cancer.
    • To deal with conflict if it arises.
    • To maintain professionalism at all times when carrying out duties.



Skills required:  

  1. Good listening and verbal communication skills, provide conversation.
  2. Reliable, dependable and flexible.
  3. To have a caring nature and disposition.
  4. Understand the needs of a person living with cancer.
  5. Ability to work in isolation yet understand you are part of a wider team
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