Max Neill

Last week we heard the sad news that one of our Older People’s Cancer Voices steering group members passed away. OPAAL’s Ang Broadbridge shares her thoughts on a recent blog post of Max’s that struck a chord with the steering group: I met Max Neill in the summer of last year at a Coalition for … Read more

Networking with our local Macmillan Information Manager

In this post Helen Vernon, advocate at SPAC (Sefton Pensioners Advocacy Centre) talks about local networking and partnership working with Macmillan Cancer Support: I recently spent time with the Information Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support based in Aintree Hospital, which has been based there for about four years.  There were a number of useful points … Read more

Advocates relish in the words “not possible”

Lizzie Sturm gives us the low down on what’s been happening recently at project partner Advocacy in Barnet: We seem to be spending so much time recruiting! The last two months have seen us interview for a Volunteer and Training Co-ordinator, a Project Manager as well as Volunteers for the Barnet Macmillan Advocacy Project. I … Read more

OPAAL’s 5 take-aways from Social Media Exchange 2016

In this post OPAAL’s National Development Officer Angela Broadbridge tells us about her recent attendance at Social Media Exchange: Earlier in February I spent the day at Sounddelivery’s Social Media Exchange; an action packed training day themed this year around storytelling. The agenda spoke directly to the aims of our Older People’s Cancer Voices project: “#SMEX16 … Read more

Talking about cancer: The Advocacy and Cancer Study

In this post, Patty Doran, a PhD researcher from the University of Manchester, talks about the Advocacy and Cancer study she has completed with support from Cancer Older People and Advocacy partners. The Advocacy and Cancer Study aimed to gain personal perspectives from older cancer patients and their carers about whether they feel that they were … Read more

Linking with local befriending services in Bournemouth

The team from Dorset Macmillan Advocacy at Help and Care, Jo Lee, Senior Advocate and Kathleen Gillett, Volunteer Coordinator, recently shared challenges and solutions with colleagues from local volunteer befriending services at The Grove Hotel in Bournemouth (a retreat for cancer patients and those with serious illness) at the invitation of Anita Rigler from Macmillan Caring … Read more

Having two jobs is interesting…

Juanita Williams, volunteer coordinator at Sandwell Cancer Older People and Advocacy (SCOPA) writes about her two-job existence: As volunteer co-ordinator at Sandwell Cancer Older People and Advocacy (SCOPA) I work here two days a week. The other three days are spent at Rights and Equality Sandwell as Project Co-ordinator for a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) oral … Read more

Aneesah’s tale

On World Cancer Day Aneesah, a professional advocate from ICANN (Independent Community Advocacy Network North), gives us her take on delivering older people’s cancer advocacy: My experience as working as an advocate on the Cancer, Older People and Advocacy project has varied vastly. Through my work I have found that one of the greatest obstacles both with professionals … Read more

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