Imagine feeling like you couldn’t get the same support as someone else because of something like your age, postcode or disability. At Macmillan, we have professionals called Macmillan Involvement Coordinators who work to put this right.
One of our Macmillan Involvement Coordinators, Lisa, helped put on a series of events aimed at reaching diverse communities. This included a women-only event attended by 94 women from African, Asian and Middle-Eastern backgrounds.
Mother-of-three Joanne was diagnosed with cancer just days before her 36th birthday. With the help of Macmillan, she set up a self-help and support group to meet other young mums in a similar situation.
Raj from Macmillan helped Emma set up a support group for people with cancer who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing. It was created after Emma struggled to access the information she needed when she was diagnosed.
The Welsh government’s cancer delivery plan is their strategy for improving cancer services in Wales. Involvement Coordinators in Wales supported the National Assembly’s outreach team to ensure people affected by cancer had their views heard about its progress.
Sarah, a Macmillan Involvement Coordinator, is helping set up a group for people with sarcomas, which are very rare cancers. The idea came from Leona, whose fiancée Philip was diagnosed with sarcoma and sadly died seven weeks before their wedding day.
We’re investing in existing community-led services which, with support from Macmillan, could offer support to all people affected by cancer. Our first scheme here is now offering light gardening activity to help people get active in a relaxing environment.
If you're affected by cancer, visit our LearnZone site to access a range of resources.