Supporting Staffordshire Families Experiencing Cancer: whether it’s a child, young person or adult who is experiencing cancer, we know that the family experiences it too. We wish to support families to achieve the best possible health and social outcomes, helping them to promote their mental, emotional and physical health, increasing their social inclusion and reducing loneliness. We aim to help families become better connected with support that will sustain them in their journey, support them as a family and increase their health, well-being, resilience, choice and control.
We wish to provide time with trained volunteer advisers, helping families to find the right solutions for them, at the right time, ensuring that no family is left behind. Through the provision of essential information, guidance, advice and support, each contact will support the family taking a holistic approach.
For families experiencing cancer it’s a traumatic time, with many experiencing financial difficulties e.g. if your child has cancer you may not be available for work due to caring; this can have an impact on your income. If you are the bread winner your family’s income may be impacted upon due to being unavailable for work or you may face additional transport costs due to hospital appointments and treatment appointments, especially when then the hospital is some distance away from home. We want to help families to access essential income and grants to promote financial integrity, avoid debt from loss of income and increased costs, and to help reduce the anxiety associated with financial difficulty. We want to help families experiencing cancer to link with community services and support, specialist aids, equipment and adaptations, whilst supporting them through their journey as a family.
We are asking for help to fund additional volunteer adviser time – relating to essential volunteer travel costs, volunteer training costs, volunteer Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks, and help towards the costs of helping families (paper, printing, postage, telephones, computers and software), and essential volunteer support and supervision.
The work of the trained volunteer advisers will be enabled through our established Support and Advice Service; offering a well positioned and visible access point through the Advice Line. The support will be targeted to families who do not meet the criteria for other cancer support services. Contact from families that do meet the criteria for other services will be signposted and referred with consent.
We will use our links with the local colleges and universities, voluntary, community, charitable and statutory organisations to identify and recruit additional volunteers throughout the life of the project.
We hope that people will vote for our project to enable us to be there for families in Staffordshire experiencing cancer. In times of austerity we find that services are struggling to meet demand, and we’re acutely aware that there is a high-level increase in cancer locally. Whilst we know that cancer survival rates are better than in previous times, we are also aware of the long-term debilitating impacts of cancer, cancer treatments and the prevalence of returning cancers.
Please help us in Supporting Staffordshire Families Experiencing Cancer.