People living with long-term conditions in Ayrshire and Arran are being offered a new support service.
‘Buddy’ support is being offered to anyone living with Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Type 2 Diabetes. The ‘Buddy’ is someone who is also living with a long-term condition and has found ways to self-manage their condition. They are available to offer support and friendship over the telephone. Although they cannot offer advice a ‘Buddy’ will be able to signpost people to health and social services if needed.
Carol Nixon, Lead Nurse for Co-Creating Health, said: “We have set up a ‘Buddy’ support service for anyone who is living with COPD or Type 2 diabetes – and who feels they would like a bit more support from people just like themselves. All our ‘Buddys’ are men and women who have gone through similar experiences to the people they will support. Our ‘Buddys’ have also gone through training to allow them to provide this support. We know that many people often do not feel comfortable talking to healthcare professionals as they don’t want to take up their time. We hope this service will give people the chance to talk to someone just like themselves.”
Anyone interested in the ‘Buddy’ service should telephone Carol Nixon 0n 01294 323471 or email email@example.com.