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Colchester Prosthetic User Support Group

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Buddie Scheme

The Listening Buddie Visitor Scheme

Who Are We?

We are volunteer members of the Colchester Prosthetic User Support Group who have first hand experience of prosthetic use. We are users, carers and immediate family members of users. Between us we have experienced many of the challenges faced on the path to independent mobility.

What can we offer you?

All Listening Buddies are trained to listen but we are not counsellors. Each person facing limb loss, whether their own or or someone close to them will travel a different path encountering many experiences which raise personal questions. With a wealth of experience to draw on, Listening Buddies can offer the time to listen and talk over concerns, empathising with individuals about the everyday issues that medical and technical teams may not be able to answer. Each Listening Buddie undergoes training and understands the need for privacy and discretion.

 A Listening Buddie cannot give medical or technical advice or comment on any issues being experienced with Colchester Hospital Trust, but can speak from the experience they personally have had on their journey culminating in prosthetic use or in the case of a carer or family member being around a prosthetic user.

How does it work?

Contact the Listening Buddie Coordinator by email or via our Facebook page. Alternatively you can call one of our Buddies directly on 07906 053534..A Listening Buddie will be allocated to match your situation as closely as possible. Contact can be made via email, telephone or a visit to your ward or home, whatever you would find most helpful.  

All Listening Buddie Visitors have undergone a DBS check and have completed a training course. They have signed a Confidentiality Agreement and all information kept by the User Group is kept under strict legislation called for in the Data Protection Act 1998.

New Volunteer Visitor Service: Decisions on Elective Surgery leading to Amputation

Buddie Leaflet Rewrite Oct 2017.pdf