A Sunflower Friend is a St. Margaret's volunteer trained to provide befriending support to patients and carers in their own homes. If you are facing a life-limiting illness and have concerns or would like someone to talk to, a Sunflower Friend may be able to help.

A Sunflower Friend can offer companionship and support, building a relationship of trust and understanding. This support can help to reduce any feelings of isolation and uncertainty.

The support provided by a Sunflower Friend is built around enablement, helping patients to live life to the full. For example, they may assist patients to pursue a hobby or interest i.e. by reading or helping with light gardening. They can accompany patients on visits to the doctors, hospital, dentist, or hairdresser, as well as trips to the shops or library and out for walks. They can also provide respite for carers, enabling them to take a break safe in the knowledge that their family member is with someone they trust. Most importantly, this service is about being there at a time of need.

While Sunflower Friends are not healthcare professionals and are unable to provide medical or nursing care, they can make a real difference through offering support, assistance and companionship. Please call our advice line on 0845 070 8910 if you feel that you would benefit from this service.

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