Today we hear from Emily Brown, Interim volunteer manager and independent advocate at Dorset Macmillan Advocacy: I am new to Dorset Macmillan Advocacy service, not to Dorset Advocacy, but I am a newby on this project.  I have been blown away by the dedication given to it by staff at Help and Care and Dorset Advocacy, … Read more

Volunteers week celebration

Celebratory meal and quiz to mark another year of volunteering at Sandwell Advocacy.

This lady had told me that without the support of an advocate her situation was so desperate she would have committed suicide

Today Helen Vernon of Sefton Pensioners Advocacy Centre explains about a recent event hosted by Macmillan Cancer Support in the North West: In May we were given the fantastic opportunity to present the Cancer Older People and Advocacy project to Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan, and John Pearson, Executive Director Cancer Support Operations.  Lynda … Read more

Cancer Patient Experience Survey – what can advocacy services learn?

The 2015 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey has been published.  It is the fifth time this survey has been undertaken.  The National Results Summary is easy to read and includes illustrative graphics.  A spreadsheet accompanies it that allows you to drill down and see results according to the type of cancer the respondent has and demographic … Read more

Living With The Side Effects — Chris’s Cancer Community

Today we share a blog post from Chris’s Cancer Community: I had already decided the subject for this weeks blog when I spoke to an old lady, who was looking very lost in our local supermarket. As usual my wife was trying to hurry me up, but as most of you know I do like … Read more

Patient experience can improve the lung cancer pathway

Today Kathleen Gillett of Dorset Macmillan Advocacy tells us about an online survey on what matters most for people affected by lung cancer and their carers: People can use their experiences of health and social care, good or bad, to help make things better for others in the future. In health this is called ‘patient … Read more

The diagnosis of cancer was incredibly difficult for him to come to terms with

This year’s Volunteers Week is 1st to 12th June and we’re recalling stories from some of our amazing peer volunteers. In today’s story dating from 2014 we hear from Bob, a volunteer peer advocate with Dorset Macmillan Advocacy. Bob supported Brian who was diagnosed with Myeloma: Brian is very intelligent, friendly and outgoing with a great … Read more

‘She was there when I needed her’

Today we hear from Kathleen Gillett of Dorset Macmillan Advocacy: We ask the people that we support for feedback on the service they have received. As part of this we ask them to chose three words to describe their advocate.  One person was lost for words and said only ‘She was there when I needed her‘ … Read more

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