People across Scotland who have been affected by breast cancer are being encouraged to share their experiences and help others in a similar situation.
Leading support charity Breast Cancer Care is looking for more people to become volunteers to allow its vital and unique One-to-One telephone service to continue to provide its valuable emotional support.
Every year around 4,400 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in Scotland and for many people, and their family and friends, a diagnosis and treatment can raise many questions and concerns.
Whatever the issue, people affected by breast cancer can find talking to someone who has been through the same experience a great source of information and support.
Breast Cancer Care’s One-to-One Support service has been running for 40 years and puts people in touch with a specially trained volunteer who is ready to share their experiences and understanding over the phone.
The service matches people together who have been in a similar situation and gives them the chance to talk openly away from family and friends with someone who understands what they are going through.
Kayla Doohan has been a One-to-One volunteer for three years. She said: “After my diagnosis nearly eight years ago I got so much support from Breast Cancer Care through their One-to-One service.
“Though I had great support from family and friends, speaking to someone who had been there and understood what was happening to me really helped me get through some tough times.
“I wanted to give something back and being a One-to-One volunteer is a wonderful opportunity to support people in the same situation. We can talk openly and honestly about any questions they may have.
“I’m so glad I can make a difference to their lives by sharing my experiences and hope that the service helps them as much as it helped me.”
It doesn’t matter where you live and full volunteer training and support will be provided by Breast Cancer Care.
Volunteers just need to attend two training workshops in Glasgow and the rest of the training is delivered over the phone.
Applications for volunteers are welcome from those with personal diagnosis of primary breast cancer, at least 12 months post diagnosis, and also family members and partners of those diagnosed.
To find out more about becoming a volunteer, or to get an application form please call Joanne Stewart, Volunteer Manager at Breast Cancer Care, on 0141 353 8330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org