Find out more about the services that Macmillan provides directly to people affected by cancer and health and social care professionals.
Information, support and benefits advice
Over the phone
Macmillan provides information, support and benefits advice, over the phone or via email, to anyone in the UK, on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm).
We offer comprehensive written information and peer to peer support through our website. There are also self-assessment tools, including an interactive online guide to educate people about the benefits system, which helps prepare people before speaking to a benefits adviser.
A Macmillan mobile information and support centre.
We have a directory of more than 1,000 leaflets, booklets, books and audiovisual materials on cancer. All of the materials listed have been produced within the last five years and are available free of charge to anyone in the UK, including health and social care professionals.
Our resources are available in a variety of formats and are NHS compliant. All resources on cancer types, treatments and living with cancer are certified by the Department of Health's Information Standard scheme.
Find out more about how to download or order them on Be.Macmillan.
Our mobile information and support centres visit high streets, communities and events across England to bring free, confidential information and support to everyone. No appointment is required and anyone is welcome to drop in, whether they're visiting on behalf of a friend or relative, or are worried about cancer.
A Macmillan grant is a means-tested, one-off payment for adults, young people or children with cancer to cover a wide range of practical needs, such as heating bills, extra clothing or a much-needed break. Every week more than 400 people receive a grant from Macmillan, which is around £346 on average.
A health or social care professional must apply for these grants on behalf of people who have cancer, or are still affected by their illness or treatment.
Learning and skills development
Macmillan provides education and training to health and social care professionals to ensure they have the skills and competencies to develop and deliver good quality, effective services.
We also provide a range of courses, workshops, e-learning and small grants for people living with cancer, carers, and professionals to support patient involvement, self-management and self-help and support groups. Find out more here.
We need to review the workforce and explore more innovative ways to provide services to meet the current and future needs of people affected by cancer. One such method is through the involvement of volunteers.
Correct recruitment, deployment and support for volunteers is crucial in ensuring volunteers deliver safe and effective services. Macmillan can support partners to ensure that the right processes are in place to provide a quality service.