The scheme is open to anyone facing an amputation, has undergone an amputation – no matter how long ago, or is struggling with any aspect of their rehabilitation.
Buddies are matched with a trained volunteer and where possible it will be someone who has been through a similar experience, a road traffic accident, an accident at work or medical reasons, or someone who had to make a decision on amputation for themselves. Our Buddies may have overcome some of the difficulties and worries being faced at present
We also aim to match Buddies and volunteers who have similar interests. A golfing Buddy for example can explain how they got back into the game and give tips and encouragement to help do the same.
The Buddy Scheme is about answering questions on how the volunteer coped, pre or post op, the practical things they found useful, tips they can pass on to make life easier, showing that things can and will improve, that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Talking to a stranger is not easy and the Buddy will fully understand this. All Buddies are present or former Pace clients and are well known to us. They have been carefully selected and trained for this volunteering role, they are aware we all react differently to situations and no one way is better than another.
Meeting someone who has overcome physical and emotional difficulties can be informative and often liberating. It can be a chance to ask those questions that feel ‘too small’ or ‘silly’ to ask the professionals.
Once we receive a request we will make contact to obtain the required details, allocate a suitable Buddy and arrange an appointment. Please note the Buddy Meeting will be facilitated by our Specialist Counsellor Sue Turner or another Pace professional and held at a Pace Clinic.
Our Buddies are not counsellors and professional help should always be sort where needed. At Pace Rehabilitation we offer a wide range of therapeutic services both pre and post amputation, please contact us for more details.