Sussex Peer Evaluator

Exciting New Volunteer Opportunity

Are you a person affected by cancer with good listening and communication skills? Could you use your experience to carry out interviews with your peers? You’ll be helping us to gain a better understanding of people’s needs, so that we can work together to develop the right support and information so that no one in Sussex faces cancer alone.

You need to be 18 years old or over to apply for this opportunity.

You can download the Role Description and a list of FAQ’s from here.

What we’re looking for

  • Able to observe and assess situations objectively
  • Excellent listener and clear communicator
  • Good written and summarising skills
  • Able to work independently with guidance and support
  • Patient, flexible and reliable.

What you can gain from this opportunity

  • Join an enthusiastic team of people who want to make a difference, just like you
  • Meet and work with new people in your community
  • Develop your organisational, IT and communication skills, enhancing your CV
  • Enjoy a rewarding experience making a difference to people affected by cancer
  • Receive an induction, relevant training, and support from our staff

How to apply

You can apply for this role online via the Macmillan Volunteer Village

https://volunteering.macmillan.org.uk/Opportunity/Details/5501

Or contact: 

Elizabeth Stickney 
Phone: 07764503475 
Email: estickney@macmillan.org.uk

Cancer and the Cost of Travel Insurance

In its own words the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is “the conduct regulator for 56,000 financial services firms and financial markets in the UK and the prudential regulator for over 18,000 of those firms”.

On 21st July this year the FCA issued a “Call for Input” paper requesting views on “the challenges firms face in providing travel insurance for consumers who have, or have had cancer, together with the rationale for pricing differentiations in quoted premiums.” The FCA are asking for input, by 15th September, note the date, from both the industry providers (i.e. insurance companies and their big-hitting lobbyist organisations) and from consumers (i.e. cancer patients and their support organisations). The industry employs the likes of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) to represent them. Consumers have only themselves, support organisations and charities such as Macmillan to put the case for cancer patients.

With all this in mind click on the above FCA logo or click  here to see the contents of the “Call for Input: Access to Insurance” paper.

Sometimes the document feels a little like a “template” built to serve any number of issues involving any financial institution or industry for which the FCA has a regulatory responsibility; the “consumer” could be any individual or group for which fairness and transparency of access to financial products is the major concern.  

However, there is specific mention of organisations (besides Macmillan) that seem to have long recognised that all is far from well (being neither fair nor transparent) in the travel insurance business world and in their treatment of people coping with cancer and other long-term health conditions. Mention is made of Bought By Many, a campaigning organisation which seeks to multiply the power of the individual by forming collective groups of insurance consumers. The other is Travel Insurance Facilities Group an organisation which aims to provide more customised travel insurance proposals than do those companies that rely exclusively on the use of on-line automated logarithm techniques, which make little allowance for the circumstance of the individual.

Are you supporting someone going though cancer?

You might hear the term ‘carer’ and think that’s not you, but if you are supporting someone with cancer there is information and support that is available for you.

On Friday June 16th as part of Carers Week we’re holding an event at the Macmillan Horizon Centre where people can find out more about the different types of support available for people caring and supporting someone with cancer.

At The Macmillan Horizon Centre, 2 Bristol Gate, Brighton, BN2 5BD (across the road from the Sussex Cancer Centre at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Kemptown, Brighton)

From 10:30 – 13:00 there will be:-

  • opportunities to meet others who are supporting a loved one
  • information about support the Horizon Centre offers
  • a chance to be pampered (ear acupuncture, facials, seated acupressure massage and make-up make over by Boots Nr.7 advisors to get the summer glow)
  • information stands from support organisations across Sussex
  • Refreshments available

From 13:30 – 15:00 there will be:-

A Focus Group session – an opportunity for to people caring for someone with cancer and also carers with a cancer diagnosis, to discuss information and support available and explore any additional needs not being met.

If you are not able to attend the focus group but would like to have a say about the needs of carers please do let us know and we would be happy to arrange to come along to your group or organisation to run a focus group session.

To reserve a place: please e-mail horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk or phone 01273 468770 or visit us at The Macmillan Horizon Centre, 2 Bristol Gate, Brighton, BN2 5BD (across the road from the Sussex Cancer Centre at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Kemptown, Brighton)

You can find out more information about the Macmillan Horizon Centre at www.macmillan.org.uk/horizoncentre and details about carers week at  www.carersweek.org

With Kind regards, Jane.
Jane Viner
Macmillan Engagement Coordinator – South East
Email: jviner@macmillan.org.uk
Telephone: 07790 015 448

News from Jane Viner of Macmillan

 

 

Nordic Healthwalkers Course

Limited spaces left …

 Nordic Walking for Health, would like to offer you the opportunity to take up Nordic walking for the benefit of your health and well-being on a tailor-made course for people living with cancer.

The Course:-
A beginner course consists of four sessions, each one and a half hours long. Both the course and the specialist poles are provided free of charge to self-help/support group members living with cancer.

Session 1 – 10.30am to 12midday (Bank Holiday) Monday 29 May
Session 2 – 11am to 12.30pm Wednesday 31 May
Session 3 – 11am to 12.30pm Friday 2 June
Session 4 – 11am to 12.30pm Friday 23 June.

The Course will take place in Stanmer Park, Brighton.
This is an ideal location for Nordic walking. It is easy to get to by car, on local bus routes and near a railway station. Refreshments can be purchased in Stanmer village and toilets are available.

Once the beginner course is complete there will be the opportunity for a group to be formed, so that you can meet together on a regular basis for Nordic walks in the supportive company of like-minded people who have been through similar experiences.

How to register interest?
Limited places are now available for people living with cancer.

It is important that you are ready to take up this activity before starting a course. Once you have registered interest, you will be asked to complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire and, if necessary, to consult the appropriate healthcare professional for their approval before being offered a place.

To register interest and find out more:
Please contact email peter@nordicwalkingforhealth.co.uk on the subject of Nordic Healthwalking Cancer Support Group.

CARERS WEEK
Carers Week is taking place from Monday 12th June and Macmillan is taking the opportunity to raise awareness of the support and information that is available to carers.

As part of this we are keen to share the experience of carers to help others who may not be aware of support available or indeed identify as carers themselves. If you are caring for somebody affected by cancer and interested in sharing your experience to help raise awareness, we would love to hear from you.

If you are interested, please do contact Charlotte Littlejones, Senior Communications Lead for the South East on clittlejones@macmillan.org.uk
Mobile: 07801 307031.

With kind regards

Jane

Jane Viner
Macmillan Engagement Coordinator – South East
Email: jviner@macmillan.org.uk 
Telephone: 07790 015 448

Administrator for South East Service Development Team
Email: south&eastadmin@macmillan.org.uk
Telephone: 01904 756 463
Address: Macmillan Cancer Support, 3 Fawcett Street, York, YO10 4AH

News from Sue Brown of Albion in the Community

Dear Friends – Do not miss this opportunity to attend a FREE event this Fringe Festival courtesy of Albion in the Community’s Speak Up Against Cancer project!

The Eulogy of Toby Peach is an inspiring, 1 hour show and by offering a real insight into what he went through Toby demonstrates that although cancer is something that nobody wants, it is possible to come through treatment with positivity and the desire to help others.  It is so important that people are encouraged to talk about cancer and their experiences, to help others overcome their fear.

Please share details of this fabulous show with friends, family, colleagues and clients and snap up your tickets now!  The show is suitable for all ages from 12 up and is a great start to your Fringe experience! 

Please click on the link for full details:

http://www.albioninthecommunity.org.uk/free-five-star-show-coming-brighton-fringe-teaming-albion-community/

To book a free ticket to The Eulogy of Toby Peach, visit: www.brightonfringe.org

Sue Brown
Cancer Prevention Coordinator
Albion in the Community

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Salmonella can help fight cancer, scientists discover …


Salmonella, the common food poisoning bug, can help fight cancer, according to scientists.
The bacteria can infiltrate tumours and allow the body’s immune system to target cancer cells.
To read more about this fascinating research being conducted in South Korea, just click on the image shown on the left.


Closer to home, scientists at Swansea University School of Medicine have also reported successful treatment of tumours using a modified strain of Salmonella.
An indication of the merit of this work is that Cancer Research UK is helping support it with a grant of £200,000. Click on the image to the right to learn more.

There is more information out there concerning this developing line of research, for instance you could also follow this link from the United States. It would be wrong to suggest that a cancer panacea has been found or that chemotherapy will become obsolete in the near future; but it is good to know that there are so many research organisations are working along such similar lines.