Gay and ageing – breastfallen

Today we’re delighted to reproduce a personal blog post by Roger Newman, a great friend and supporter of OPAAL. It was first published yesterday on Roger’s own blog site: CHAPTER 1 You know how it is when you’re sitting in the beautifully warm sunshine of an Atlantic island, and at the end of December too! … Read more

“I wanted to be more than “Nanny” in my retirement”

In today’s post Sherry, a peer volunteer advocate with Sandwell Advocacy’s Sandwell Cancer Older People Advocacy (SCOPA) project, tells us her volunteering story: My name is Sherry and I have been a volunteer at Sandwell Advocacy since March 2015.  I was a staff nurse for over 45 years and when I retired in 2014 I … Read more

How I (Try to) Avoid Advocacy Burnout

One of the many benefits of working with health professionals, in this case Dr Charles Campion-Smith who sits on our National Health Professionals Board, is that they often so freely share valuable information. Charles has introduced me to a smart phone (iphone and Android) app that may well be useful to advocates and patients. The … Read more

‘Just be with them in the unknown’

Kathleen Gillett from Cancer, Older People and Advocacy programme partner Dorset Macmillan Advocacy considers the relationship between the older person affected by cancer and their peer advocate: Steven W. Thrasher writes from the heart in his opinion piece in the Guardian ‘Don’t tell cancer patients what they could be doing to cure themselves’. He analyses … Read more

How our steering group helps us to network and build partnerships

Our Local Cancer Champions Board, the steering group for Dorset Macmillan Advocacy, changed its name in 2014 to Cancer in Older People Development Group.  Members wanted to create a group that could, in addition to overseeing our service at strategic level, bring together people interested in improving patient experience for people over 50 affected by … Read more

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