Pat McCarthy, Manager of Knowsley Pensioners’ Advocacy & Information Service (KPAIS), tells us about the benefits of sharing information:
As a Cancer advocate for KPAIS I am keen to meet with others to inform them of the work we do and just how invaluable this project is to offer support to anyone over 50 who has been affected by cancer. In recent months I have been out and about learning and sharing and gaining information, and handing out our leaflets and talking to anyone who will listen! I am always amazed at just how interested and well received our information is, when people hear about our services and how we can provide support.
With a colleague from Sefton Pensioners Advocacy we set up a stall at Aintree University hospital in their elective care centre. This was very busy with patients and medical staff and the Macmillan information centre and our information was well received.
I also attended a very interesting talk on the new Clatterbridge cancer centre being built in Liverpool which will be so beneficial in the Northwest.
In June, the Macmillan information officer for St Helens and Knowsley invited us along to St Helens hospital to be part of an event they were hosting which enabled us to share our wider borough partnerships with clinical staff from a hospital in Surrey.
It has been a very busy and informative few months, but the knowledge and new working partnerships gained will be very useful going forward in delivering our services.
Pat McCarthy, KPAIS