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.
On 6th December 2016 we published “Facing Cancer Together”: demonstrating the power of independent advocacy. Click here to find out how to download a copy.
Most recently, in February 2017 we published our first volume of volunteers’ stories. This publication, called “Time: our gift to you” can be downloaded here.
The Cancer, Older People and Advocacy programme has changed over time with the following partners currently delivering services: Dorset Advocacy and Help & Care in Dorset, Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre, Sandwell Advocacy, Age Connects Cardiff, Impetus in Brighton and Hove, AgeUK Northumberland and Advocacy in Barnet. 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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