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Peer to Peer Programme

Myeloma UK is launching a new Peer to Peer Programme. We are recruiting for volunteers who are willing to share their experiences of myeloma and related conditions with people seeking support, as Peer Buddies and Peer Discussion Forum Volunteers. We would also like to recruit carers and family members who are willing to provide support to other carers and family members.

What is a Peer to Peer Programme?

A Peer to Peer Programme is a form of Peer Support. Put simply, Peer Support is when people use their experiences in common to help each other. There is a growing evidence base which shows that Peer Support programmes are of benefit to people living with chronic health conditions such as myeloma or a related condition, and their family members and carers. Rather than having to explain what it’s like to live with myeloma or a related condition, a Peer already knows. For people seeking support, that can be a huge relief.

Myeloma UK recognises that people who have experience of myeloma or supporting someone with myeloma have first-hand knowledge which is invaluable to others, and this new programme will help people exchange these experiences.

Peer Buddies

Sometimes when living with myeloma or a related condition, you just want to talk to someone who understands what you are going through, and a Peer Buddy is just that. Peer Buddies are trained volunteers with experience of myeloma or a related condition, or of supporting someone with myeloma or a related condition. Peer Buddies will provide up to six sessions of telephone or video support on a one-on-one basis over up to six weeks.

Peers will be ‘buddied’ up according to individual circumstances and experiences. As a general rule patients will be buddied with patients and family members/carers will be buddied with family members/carers. As myeloma is a very individual cancer, Myeloma UK asks all volunteers and people referred into the service to complete a questionnaire about their medical experiences and life circumstances in order to ‘buddy’ people together.

If you would like to apply to be Peer Buddy and share your experiences with other people, see our Peer Buddy Info Sheet which contains the role description and person specification, along with frequently asked questions.

If you would like to apply to be a Peer Buddy please complete the Peer Buddy Application Form. After receipt of your application you will be contacted by the Peer Programme team to discuss your individual circumstances.

Please complete the online application form if you can – you can save it and return to it later. Alternatively, you can download the form and post it back to the Myeloma UK Head Office.

Please note extended deadline to Thursday 6 January at 12pm.

Interview dates: Thursday 13 and Friday 14 January.

Training dates: Wednesdays 26 January and 2 February.

Apply to be a Buddy

Peer Discussion Forum Volunteer

Some people can find it easier to type about their experiences than to speak about them. Myeloma UK has a Discussion Forum where people can seek support from others and talk about what they are going through.

We are looking for people who can dedicate a couple of hours a week to ensuring the Myeloma UK Discussion Forum is a vibrant interactive space where people are given compassionate support in a timely manner. Your experience will be invaluable to other people on the Forum and help make sure no one feels alone when dealing with myeloma or a related condition.

If you think you’d like to apply to be a Peer Discussion Forum Volunteer please see our Peer Discussion Forum Volunteer Info Sheet. This contains the role description and person specification, along with frequently asked questions.

If you would like to apply to be a Peer Discussion Forum Volunteer please complete the Peer Discussion Forum Volunteer Application Form. Please complete the online application form if you can – you can save it and return to it later. Alternatively you can download the form, complete it and return it by post to the Myeloma UK Head Office.

We will then be in touch to discuss your application.

Please note extended deadline to Thursday 6 January at 12pm.

Apply to be a Forum Volunteer