Affected by Cancer? Our Macmillan Advocacy Service can help.

  • Are You Over 50 and Affected by Cancer?
  • Would You Like Some Help With The Issues Raised by Your Diagnosis?
  • Do you need someone to accompany you to meetings and appointments?
  • Do you know what benefits that you might be entitled to?
  • Do you need information around housing options, social care and equipment?
  • Would you like to find out about local support groups?
  • Would you like someone to help you express your views?
  • Would you like support in your caring role?
  • Would you like someone to talk to?

The Age UK Advocacy service can help you with this.

Cancer, Older People and Advocacy Service

From the 1st April 2015 Age UK Northumberland in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support are offering a dedicated advocacy service for older people affected by cancer. This is for anyone over the age of 50 who is affected by cancer, either as a patient or a family member, carer or friend.
Being diagnosed with cancer can be one of the toughest things most of us will ever face. Not just for the person diagnosed but for everyone caring for and supporting them. But you don’t have to face it alone.
We aim to support older people affected by cancer to make informed choices and decisions about investigations, treatment, care and day to day issues. Helping find out whatever they need to know, from information on cancer, through to what practical help is available in Northumberland.
The Cancer Older People and Advocacy project has been piloted in other areas, below you can read about some of the people who have benefitted from the project.

From the 1st April 2015 Age UK Northumberland in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support are offering a dedicated advocacy service for older people affected by cancer.

This is for anyone over the age of 50 who is affected by cancer, either as a patient or a family member, carer or friend.

One in three of us will get cancer at some point in our lives. Being diagnosed with cancer can be one of the toughest things most of us will ever face. Not just for the person diagnosed but for everyone caring for and supporting them. But you don’t have to face it alone.

We aim to support older people affected by cancer to make informed choices and decisions about investigations, treatment, care and day to day issues.

Helping find out whatever they need to know, from information on cancer, through to what practical help is available in Northumberland.

The Cancer Older People and Advocacy project has been piloted in other areas, below you can read about some of the people who have benefitted from the project.

How Can We Help?

A member of our team will visit you at home or a place convenient to you to find out exactly what support you would like.

We will work with you to find a way forward, and can provide support across a wide variety of issues including treatment and care, social and financial difficulties, employment issues and can provide a listening ear.

An advocate can be a valuable source of support if you are facing cancer alone. Even if you do have family support you may find it’s easier to discuss concerns with someone you aren’t close to. 

Sometimes as a carer it can feel as if you are on your own but an advocate on your side can help you feel more in control of your situation.

If you need cancer advocacy support or would like to talk to someone about it then please contact Deborah McGarrity, Cancer Support Advocate or, Susan Chrisp, Case Support Officer tel 01670 784800 or email macmillan@ageuk-northumberland.org.uk

How Can You Get Involved?

We are looking for Cancer Peer Advocates volunteers; you will need to be a good listener, aged over 50 with some knowledge of cancer related issues and want to support an older person affected by cancer.

We provide training, regular support and expenses. Ideally we will need a flexible time commitment of between 2 – 4 hours weekly.

We recognise the additional needs for the support of cancer patients from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities (LGBT).

We aim to be fully inclusive and welcome the contribution and involvement of volunteers from these communities.

If you are interested in being involved we are also looking for local Cancer Champions, who will sit on our board, promote the service, and influence delivery, feeding into the National Cancer Champions Board regularly.

To get involved or to find out more please contact Deborah McGarrity, Cancer Support Advocate, Karen Renner, Volunteer Co-ordinator or Susan Chrisp, Case Support Officer tel 01670 784800 or email macmillan@ageuk-northumberland.org.uk.

Our Scheme is part of the national Cancer, Older People and Advocacy (COPA) project led by the Older People’s Advocacy Alliance (OPAAL) and is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. You can visit the official COPA blog here.

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