Wednesday 24th June 2015
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Summer 2015
A new network is allowing former Macmillan professionals to stay part of Macmillan
Current and former Macmillan professionals have told us that they’d like to continue a relationship with us after they’ve left their Macmillan post. So we’ve launched an exclusive Alumni network for previous post holders, including retirees.
The Alumni programme gives people the opportunity to network and allows them to stay in touch with Macmillan no matter how long ago they were in a Macmillan post and what they are doing now.
Some Alumni members are also choosing to become Macmillan Ambassadors. These are former Macmillan professionals who want to become active members of the Macmillan Alumni and contribute more time to undertake additional activities to support Macmillan.
They choose the activities and projects they’d like to get involved with, which allows them to continue making a difference to Macmillan and to the lives of people affected by cancer.
One Macmillan Ambassador is Charles Campion-Smith (pictured), who won the Lifetime Achievement Award at last year’s Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards.
Charles Campion-Smith on his plans as a Macmillan Ambassador
‘I was a GP in Dorset for 32 years. For the last 12 or so, I’ve been associated with Macmillan. Initially as a GP Facilitator working on our local patch, then latterly as one of the GP adviser team, still with some regional responsibilities but also with other areas I was able to explore, which was really fascinating.
As a Macmillan Ambassador, I’ll be continuing with the development of a practice nurse course that we piloted across the south west, but which has now spread across the UK.
I really enjoyed being part of the Macmillan team, and I think that particularly as I started to develop the practice nurse course, I realised what a reservoir of support there is from the UK office. It was great to find that there were people within the organisation who could support what we did. And as we built up those networks I really felt it would be a shame not to have an opportunity to continue to use them.
I think having a Macmillan title opens doors. For instance, I have been working with OPAAL (the Older People’s Advocacy Alliance) recently, and I think they are very pleased to have somebody with links to Macmillan, but also to have somebody who has knowledge of Macmillan’s higher-level strategy.
I’m also involved with a couple of steering groups and research projects, and again doing that with the Macmillan tag is useful, because not only can I take my knowledge to those groups, but I can also keep the GP adviser for the wider Macmillan community informed about what is going on there. I think it’s a two-way exchange and if I can be a useful conduit for that, then it’s a role worth considering.’
Do you know someone who used to be a Macmillan professional?
If you know someone who might be interested in joining the Alumni network, please ask them to email firstname.lastname@example.org.