Older People Living with Cancer

Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

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Impetus Cancer Advocacy Service gains second Quality Mark

Congratulations and well done to our cancer advocacy delivery partners who have achieved the OPAAL Quality Standards for the provision of advocacy support for older people affected by cancer. Today we find out more from Macmillan Brighton and Hove Impetus:

“Special thanks to Rebecca Turnull-Simpson, a local lawyer and one of our dedicated volunteer cancer advocates. Her time given to the quality mark audit process has enabled the hard work of our whole fantastic team to be recognised.” So says Sam Bond, Macmillan Impetus Cancer Advocacy Service Manager.


Impetus staff and volunteers with their Quality Standards certificate

The first quality mark achieved was the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark which is a national quality assessment and assurance system for providers of independent advocacy. Impetus achieved it in September 2016.

Quality standards have been awarded for the provision of specialist advocacy support for people affected by cancer. These standards set out what clients can expect and are a way of demonstrating professionalism and commitment in independent cancer advocacy service delivery. The service puts the interests of clients first, is safe and effective and promotes trust through a professional and person centred approach.

Macmillan Impetus Cancer Advocacy service is a free service funded by Macmillan. The service is provided by Brighton & Hove Impetus – a charity working to reduce isolation and improve well-being.  We provide 1:1 support to people affected by cancer who are often facing challenging life situations. The service supports them to express their needs and have increased choice and control.


Do you know someone who is affected by cancer or who has a close family member affected by cancer? Impetus can provide a trained advocate who will visit them at home or in hospital, build a relationship of trust and find out what is important to them.
Do you want to become a volunteer Cancer Advocate?

Please phone 01273 737888 or email canceradvocacy@bh-impetus.org

Sam Bond, Service Manager, Macmillan Impetus Cancer Advocacy


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Impetus joins the Cancer, Older People and Advocacy programme

Brighton and Hove Impetus are delighted to be establishing a new cancer advocacy service in the city, thanks to funding from Macmillan Cancer Support.

Impetus is a health and social care charity that enables vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Brighton and Hove to improve their wellbeing and quality of life. We achieve this via a number of front-line services that provide befriending, specialist advocacy, mentoring, training, social networking, peer support, volunteering and work placements for a wide range of vulnerable people.

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Impetus has been providing independent advocacy to our client groups over a number of years. At the moment, this work includes providing advocacy to parents with learning disabilities and adults with learning disabilities who are victims of crime. Impetus also runs the local Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS), providing advocacy support to people who want to make a complaint about the treatment they have received from the NHS.

Our experience of delivering these services, and in working with a number of groups of people with different needs, shows us how important independent advocacy is to enabling individuals to have their voice heard, access appropriate support and feel less isolated by their condition or experience. We are very pleased to now have an opportunity to provide this type of support to people affected by cancer, working alongside colleagues in existing services within the city.

Around 1150 people in Brighton and Hove are diagnosed with cancer each year. The death rate amongst the under 75’s in the city is higher than the national death rate – at a national level, this rate has been steadily decreasing, but this is not the case in Brighton and Hove, where the decline has been very small.

The Impetus Macmillan Cancer Advocacy Service will provide advocacy to older people, adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and those with autistic spectrum conditions affected by a diagnosis of cancer. We are currently recruiting the new staff team and will be launching the service soon. Watch this space for further updates!

We hope to have a Cancer, Older People and Advocacy programme specific webpage on our website soon but in the meantime you can get our contact details via our main website at www.bh-impetus.org

Natalie Brook, Deputy Chief Officer, Brighton and Hove Impetus