New ‘buddy’ service launched

People living with long-term conditions in Ayrshire and Arran are being offered a new support service.

‘Buddy’ support is being offered to anyone living with Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Type 2 Diabetes. The ‘Buddy’ is someone who is also living with a long-term condition and has found ways to self-manage their condition. They are available to offer support and friendship over the telephone. Although they cannot offer advice a ‘Buddy’ will be able to signpost people to health and social services.

Carol Nixon, Lead Nurse for Co-Creating Health, said: “We have set up a ‘Buddy’ support service for anyone who is living with COPD or Type 2 diabetes – and who feels they would like a bit more support from people just like themselves. will support. Anyone interested should call Carol Nixon 0n 01294 323471 or email