Our support doesn’t end at the end of Brain Tumour Awareness Month, and we’re always striving to make sure that we provide you with the best support possible to help you live the life you want with a brain tumour. That’s why we’re launching our brainstrust Peer Support Scheme.
The clocks have gone forward, the sun is gracing us with its presence a little more often, and as March comes to a close we can finally wave goodbye to winter. The end of March also marks the end of Brain Tumour Awareness Month and whilst the social media hashtag is put away for another year, we want to make sure you know that we are here to stay – come rain or shine. So, this month we’re launching our brainstrust peer support scheme to help expand our support services and create a yet more connected and supportive brain tumour community.
What is the Peer Support Scheme?
Our brainstrust Peer Support Scheme will match up volunteers with those who feel they would benefit from the support. Typically, one person will be a bit further along with their treatment or will have finished treatment, and the other might be just starting their journey, but this isn’t always the case.
Ultimately, we hope the Peer Support Scheme will give you another way to connect with others in the brain tumour community and help you feel less alone and more in control.
How does the scheme work?
If you are living with a brain tumour or caring for someone with a brain tumour, and you received the diagnosis more than 6 months ago, you can apply to volunteer. Volunteers that have applied and been accepted will be entered onto our registered volunteer list and we will offer you optional training to help you feel confident in your role.
We will match you with someone else with the same tumour type and a similar background to make sure that you are able to understand and benefit from one another’s experiences as best as possible. This might not happen straight away, as we’ll only match you with someone we think is a good match.
If you want to receive support from a peer volunteer, you can get in touch with us. The support team may suggest this to you directly if they think you could benefit from the scheme. Our support team will find a match from the list of registered volunteers.
We will put you in touch with each other to have an informal one-to-one conversation. How the relationship develops from there is up to you two to decide. The brainstrust team will continue to check in with each party to see how things are going.
If you want some more information about the scheme, or if you’re interested in volunteering or receiving support email: firstname.lastname@example.org