Older People Living with Cancer

Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

A message from Knowsley

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Knowsley Pensioners Advocacy and Information Service (KPAIS) are pleased to have been part of the OPAAL preparation for the Silver Dreams Flagship Fund.  It’s been really useful learning about the services of other organisations across the country.

So much dedicated work has gone into this bid from Kath and Marie at OPAAL, their current partners, new partners and of course the wonderful support from Macmillan.

KPAIS have worked with older people in Knowsley for 15 years delivering advocacy, welfare rights advice and reputable tradespeople.  Some of our clients have been affected by cancer and we have witnessed how, very often, this has an impact on people trying to deal with day-to-day practicalities.

KPAIS

All KPAIS staff have taken part in the Macmillan online awareness training and we have made a number of local contacts in preparation to delivering this dedicated project in 2014 such as the Cancer Community of Practice through Public Health.  This is a GP led initiative who are really supportive of the OPABC project;  so important for building up referral networks. Our cancer information library is available for any drop-in clients and will continue to grow as we continue to learn.

Very best of luck to OPAAL.  Hopefully this project can be rolled out as planned and can deliver advocacy support to greater numbers of older people affected by cancer.  We eagerly await the news in the spring.

Patricia McCarthy, Manager, KPAIS

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Author: Marie McWilliams

OPAAL's National Development Officer

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