Today we hear from Bec Hoare Getting Heard‘s (formerly Oxfordshire Advocacy) newest recruit:
I joined Getting Heard in Oxfordshire as coordinator for the Cancer Older People and Advocacy project on 1st June this year. I took over from Julie, the previous coordinator, who had got the project up and running here, developed the team of volunteers and forged many links with health professionals locally – so she was a hard act to follow!
My background is as a nurse, and I have worked primarily in the community and palliative care settings, followed most recently by a role with Age UK Oxfordshire. When I saw the advert for the post, it seemed to leap out at me as the obvious next step! And my knowledge of local health services and systems has undoubtedly been of great help with the ongoing promotion of the service as well as developing further the links made by Julie. It has been great to rekindle connections with former health colleagues, with my new hat on!
It is a wonderful project to be involved with. I find it truly inspiring working with the volunteers who, due to their own often very challenging experiences of cancer, wish to put that experience to positive use and help others.
The challenge remains to get the word out there about the service – which is universally positively received as people come to know about it – and to continue to increase the number of people we reach.
Bec Hoare, Cancer Older People & Advocacy coordinator, Getting Heard