Macmillan in Wales
In Wales Macmillan provides practical, emotional and financial help to people affected by cancer. We communicate their views and campaign on their behalf to Assembly Members and the Welsh Government. Our work is funded through events such as the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, and by people organising local fundraising events across Wales.
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More than half (56%)1 of cancer patients in Wales are not offered enough information on welfare benefits advice, according to analysis by Macmillan Cancer Support.
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Hanner Cleifion Canser Ddim yn Cael Cynnig y Cyngor Budd-dadaliau Lles Sydd Ei Angen Arnynt
Ni chynigir digon o wybodaeth ar gyngor budd-daliadau lles i hanner (56%)1 y cleifion canser yng Nghymru, yn ôl gwaith dadansoddi gan Gymorth Canser Macmillan.
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Every day 49 people in Wales hear the devastating news that they have cancer, and 24 people die from the illness. This means that Wales' population of people living with and beyond cancer will increase by 80% between 2010 and 2030.
There are some important areas of health service and Government policy that specifically apply to people living in Wales. For example:
Parking is free at most Welsh hospitals,
Prescriptions are free to all Welsh residents,
Health Boards in Wales must prepare a Welsh language scheme that outlines the Welsh language services their organisation will provide.
Cancer policy in Wales
In June 2012, the Welsh Government published the Together Against Cancer - Cancer Delivery Plan. Macmillan welcomed the publication of the plan and is working with the government and health boards to support and monitor its implementation.
Find out more about how we campaign for change.
Review of advice services in Wales report
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Macmillan Wales’ Senior Welfare Benefits Adviser, Helen Powell, represents Macmillan Wales on the Independent Advice Providers Forum (IAPF) which is made up of Welsh independent advice providers.
The Review of Advice Services in Wales Report, published by the IAPF in October 2013, was its detailed response to the Welsh Government’s Advice Services Review. It looked at each of the areas that are crucial within the advice review:
service delivery including training, information or advice initiatives
telephone or online advice delivery capability and capacity
specialist advice provision on a wide geographical basis
developing national standards for information and advice.
The IAPF also commissioned the report: What the People of Wales Expect of Advice and Information Services and How to Ensure Accessibility for All which found the need to place the person at the heart of service design and delivery. It also highlighted the impact of Welfare Reform on people’s ability to access information and advice services increasing the need for independent provision .
Their calls for action included joint working between services, including non-advice support services, delivery in a variety of ways to ensure fully accessible services for all, increased awareness-raising of advice services, to inform people of their rights and develop a streamlined referral and signposting system.
The work of the IAPF is ongoing.
Download The Review of Advice Services in Wales [PDF]
Download What the People of Wales Expect of Advice and Information Services and How to Ensure Accessibility for all [PDF]
What we're doing in Wales
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These are just a few of the things we're working on in Wales:
In 2012, we spent £3.2m on our services in Wales including our information and support centres, nurses and welfare benefits advisers. Find support near you.
We give grants to financially support people affected by cancer. In 2012, we gave £545,000 to 1,917 people in Wales. Find support near you.
We fund information and support services at five hospitals, The Bracken Trust, Powys, and in South East Wales libraries. Find your nearest service.
Our mobile information centres travel Wales to offer information and support. In 2013, we visited the Royal Welsh Show and the Anglesey and Pembrokeshire shows. Find out when one will be near you.
Counting the cost of cancer
Macmillan’s Counting the Cost of Cancer campaign aims to reduce the financial impact of cancer for people in Wales.
Cancer is the toughest fight many of us will face. People tell us that, after the diagnosis itself, money worries are their biggest concern.
The Welsh Government responded to our initial campaign and included a commitment in the Cancer Delivery Plan published in June 2011 that people affected by cancer are offered the opportunity to access financial advice and support as part of the assessment and care planning process.
Macmillan is calling on the Welsh Government, Local Health Boards and Local Authorities in Wales to now work together to ensure this commitment is implemented so that people affected by cancer can access the support they need to cope with the financial impact of the disease.
Find out more about our campaign.
How you can get involved
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1. Organise a collection or event
You could use your hobby, or get together with friends to raise money for Macmillan's work in Wales. Why not set yourself a challenge and get sponsorship? If you're looking for a way to get started, then take a look at these fundraising ideas.
We can get you organised by helping you design your posters, flyers, sponsorship forms and much more. You'll find a whole host of fundraising resources on be.macmillan.
Get in touch and we'll get you started - you can also call our fundraising team for advice or support on 0300 1000 200 , or contact them through through our online form.
2. Join a Macmillan event
Whether it's taking part in one of our challenge events, such as the The Great Wall of China Hiking Challenge or the World's Biggest Coffee Morning, there is a Macmillan event for you.
See all of our events.
3. Share your skills
Our organisation was started by a volunteer nearly one hundred years ago, and today they’re still at the very heart of everything we do. Join us and together we can make a difference.
Find the latest volunteering opportunities near to you on our volunteer pages.
4. Become an e-campaigner
You can support Macmillan's work and help make a difference to the lives of people living with cancer in Wales by joining our e-campaigner network. It's ideal if you want to help but don't have much time or money to give.
By being part of the network you will have the opportunity to take action and make a real difference. We will email you from time to time with ways in which you can support our campaigns. We will also send you our e-campaigner newsletter every two months.
Become an e-campaigner.
Help us to make a difference in Wales
£25 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for an hour, helping people affected by cancer receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.
£196 could pay for a Macmillan grant that helps a person living with cancer heat their home when they really need to. Everyday three people in Wales receive heating grants from Macmillan.
£8000 could pay for 17,547 copies of The cancer guide - one for every person diagnosed with cancer in Wales each year. This Macmillan booklet can play a vital role in helping people feel more prepared for the future and confident they won't have to face cancer alone.
Ways to donate
It's the quickest, easiest and most secure way.
Contact the Fundraising Support Team on 0300 1000 200 to find out how. They’ll be able to send you a paying in slip to use at any branch of NatWest, RBS or Ulster Bank. Alternatively, they can provide you with a reference number and details to use for a bank transfer or BACS payment.
To send us a cheque make it payable to 'Macmillan Cancer Support' and send it to:
Macmillan Cancer Support
87-90 Albert Embankment
Fundraising Support Team
Planning on doing something for us? Need some fundraising support?
Call 0300 1000 200
(Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)
Note 0300 numbers are charged at the same rate as 01 and 02 numbers, including calling from mobiles.
Macmillan Cancer Support Line
Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face but you don't have to go through it alone.
We have a team of experts who can answer and questions you have. offer support, or simply listen if you need a chat.
Call 0808 808 00 00
(Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm)
Note Calls to the Macmillan Support Line are free.