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

It’s Carers Week

Whilst it’s still Volunteers Week it’s also Carers Week from 6th to 12th June. Kath Curley of programme partner Beth Johnson Foundation looks at at the statistics around the service the Staffordshire and Wolverhampton Cancer Advocacy and Support Project provides. Since the start of the Project there have been 432 referrals into the advocacy and support service,  with 95 (22%)  being for … Read more

Emotional exhaustion

I’ve just watched the BBC One programme The Big C & Me. I didn’t watch it because I wanted to rather I watched it because I felt I should. As the mother of a now 25 year old son diagnosed with secondary cancer almost 18  months ago I now realise that I have been actively avoiding … Read more

Why I enjoy my role…

In today’s post, Edna Oni of Barnet Macmillan Advocacy Service tells us about her role: This is a personal vocation for me and I really enjoy my job as an advocate and as a peer volunteer for the Barnet Macmillan Advocacy service. When I come across a client in difficulties, I cannot help but empathise, and giving them … Read more

If the news is really bad, he will be there to help me get through it

This is why our Cancer Older People and Advocacy Programme matters so much: Our volunteer peer advocates have been supporting people like Ron: “When the letter came, it said I should take somebody with me. The problem is that I didn’t know anyone well enough to ask them to go with me. I should have realised that I was … Read more

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