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One-to-One Befriending Service

Sometimes when people are going through tough times, it can help to have a friendly, non-judgemental ear. A problem shared is a problem halved!

Tayside Cancer Support offers a free, confidential, one-to-one befriending service for those affected by cancer in the Tayside area. This service is provided by volunteer befrienders who have received relevant and professional training prior to working with clients.  In addition, all befrienders must also attend regular supervision and ongoing training organised by the charity. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance, not just in the context of the Befriending service, but also within group meetings and supervision. Although the charity is a voluntary organisation, the commitment of our volunteers is essential, as we pride ourselves in offering a sensitive, yet professional support.

Referrals to the charity for the befriending service are generally received from local hospital wards, doctors, nurses and other health professionals.  We also welcome referrals from individuals who feel that a family member or indeed, they themselves would benefit from this support. The befriending contact may be by telephone or face-to-face depending on each individual’s circumstances and needs. 

Here is what one of our clients had to say about her experience with her Befriender:

"I cannot put into words how much my befriender has helped me! She gave me all the support I could have asked for and more."


If you feel that you might benefit from our befriending service, or know someone who would, please get in touch to discuss how we can help on 01382 477 500 or contact us by e-mail.

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