Older People Living with Cancer

Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

About Cancer, Older People and Advocacy

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This is the blog of the Cancer, Older People and Advocacy programme. Advocacy is all about Voice, Choice and Control and our programme is about putting that into practice.

We began our innovative project in July 2012 recruiting older people affected by cancer then training and supporting them to advocate for their peers. Between July 2012 and March 2014 we trained 56 peer advocates who in turn provided independent advocacy support to 174 older people affected by cancer. We also recruited 62 older people affected by cancer as National and Local Cancer Champions, these people are now very influential helping us shape and guide our project. On 25th March 2014 we published our first book ‘Every Step of the Way“: 13 stories illustrating the difference independent advocacy support makes to older people affected by cancer. Click here to find out how to download or order your FREE copy.

From May 1st 2014 thanks to continuing support from BIG Lottery Fund and Macmillan Cancer Support, the project expanded to include 9 delivery partners across England and for the first time 1 in Wales.

These partners have been delivering services from the outset: Beth Johnson Foundation in Staffordshire; Dorset Advocacy and Help & Care in Dorset and Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre in Sefton.

These new partners began delivering services during 2014: AgeUK Bristol; Knowsley Pensioners Advocacy Information Service (KPAIS); Oxfordshire Advocacy; Independent Community Advocacy Network North (ICANN) in Lancashire; Sandwell Advocacy;  and Age Connects Cardiff.  In 2015 we’re delighted to welcome new delivery partner Impetus who will be delivering services in Brighton and Hove.  If you click on the names of our local partners above you will be taken to their websites where you can find out their contact details.

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Author: Marie McWilliams

OPAAL's National Development Officer

2 thoughts on “About Cancer, Older People and Advocacy

  1. Hi Just want to know if there is a advocacy service in Warrington or Cheshire area? Thanks Mabel

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    • Hi Mabel There are no cancer specific advocacy services as yet I’m afraid in the areas you mention. Your best bet at present might be to contact AgeUK Cheshire which has an advocacy service for older people. If they can’t help I’m sure they’ll point you in the right direction. You can call them on 01606 305 004 or Email: advocacy@ageukcheshire.org.uk Kind Regards Marie McWilliams OPAAL

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