26 June 2014
A team of cancer survivors in Glasgow have become Scotland’s first fully trained Macmillan Supporters.
Macmillan Supporters are volunteers who've either had a personal cancer experience or cared for someone with cancer. Each of our volunteers have completed comprehensive training quality assured by Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University, to equip them with the skills and confidence to listen, support and provide advice to cancer patients.
The new initiative is being delivered in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Queen Margaret University, and will provide cancer patients in the West of Scotland with the opportunity to meet with and talk on the phone to someone who's been in their situation.
Macmillan Supporters can talk through the serious issues that affect people living with cancer, such as treatment or managing changes in appetite and body weight, as well as simply listening to what they might be feeling.
Macmillan Supporters will be matched with patients with a similar type of cancer as they had, to ensure that they'll be able to provide insightful advice about approaching and dealing with a range of issues.
Trisha Hatt, Macmillan Senior Development Manager, said: "Receiving a cancer diagnosis and going through treatment will be the toughest fight many people ever have to face. Having family, friends and health professionals around for support is essential, but we also know how speaking to someone who's gone through the same experience is highly valued by those affected by cancer."
You can contact Macmillan Supporters on 0141 340 9223 or email them at Macmillan.Supportersservice@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.