How you can get involved in Living With and Beyond Cancer project

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There are many opportunities to help improve cancer care

CancerCare is participating in a pioneering project to help people in Morecambe Bay to live well during and after cancer treatment.

There are a number of ways you can choose to be involved with the Macmillan-led project called Living with and Beyond Cancer in Morecambe Bay (LWBCMB):

Take part in a Macmillan survey - How do people affected by cancer access information and support in the North West?

CancerCare and Macmillan Cancer Support recognise how important it is for people living with and affected by cancer to receive the right information and support, in the right way, in the right place and at the right time for them.

CancerCare and Macmillan want to improve access to information and support for people living with cancer in the North West and to enable them to do this, they need your help, especially if you live in South Cumbria.

By sharing your experiences and opinions, you can help to make sure that the support and information people going through the cancer journey receive is what, and where, they really need it.

The survey is still open. Please take a few minutes to complete it so that a clearer picture can be drawn of what it’s like to live in South Cumbria and receive cancer related information.

Whether you’ve had cancer, got cancer or looked after someone with cancer, then Macmillan and CancerCare would love it if you could spend a few minutes completing this survey.

Health and Wellbeing Events closer to where you live

Health and Wellbeing Events are coming closer to home in Morecambe and Barrow.

We would like people affected by cancer to volunteer their help, please, to ensure with the smooth running of a Health and Wellbeing Event close to where you live.


You may have been diagnosed yourself or you may have experience of caring for a loved one. To maintain high standards, approximately 12 volunteers are needed for each event. Based upon their previous experience, people affected by cancer have designed the following specific roles. Each role requires face to face contact with the guests who are attending with a range of needs timely to their own diagnosis:

Meet and Greet
Signing In

You will be supported in your volunteer role by Louisa, with an information pack and on the day, a light lunch and volunteer briefing.

If you would like to help by volunteering at the Morecambe or Barrow Health and Wellbeing Events, please contact Louisa on 01524 519369 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bringing people affected by cancer from across Morecambe Bay together in the Hub

People affected by cancer are having conversations in the Hub. Members are working on priorities that matter to them such as:

Linking with the future Macmillan Information and Support Service based within University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay
Gaining a better understanding of local examples of information provided following a cancer diagnosis
Being active in identifying the different information needs which arise during a cancer experience.
Making sense of the National CancerPatient Experience survey. If you attended one of the Open Space Events you will remember that ‘Information’ was a theme highlighted as a priority for improvement. If you’d like to find out more, then let Louisa know and come along to join us.

Learn and Share Event in Lancashire and Cumbria – Supporting Those Living With and Beyond Cancer

This is an important opportunity to influence and inspire the pledge across the entire health and care systems, to commit to involving people affected by cancer in the meaningful re-design of services. Come and have a voice!

You are invited to contribute to and support an exhibition stand to display the benefits of getting involved. Two to three volunteers are needed, please. Take this opportunity to let others know what having your say means to you.

There’ll be the chance to chat to all staff caring and supporting cancer patients, GPs, Consultants, specialist nurses, Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), community nurses, support workers, staff nurses and other support services. You’ll also get to hear some inspirational key note speakers who share their experiences. We very much hope that helping out with the exhibition stand is for you.

Free learning for anyone to attend

Macmillan has free places available on the following courses, open for anyone to attend, including other professionals, volunteers, service users and others affected by cancer. Places are limited and will be offered on a first come-first served basis.

Loss & Bereavement

Who is it for? 

Open to people who are interested in or are currently involved in supporting people affected by cancer through loss and bereavement

What will you Learn?

This one-day workshop helps you gain a deeper understanding on the wide range of losses and grief experienced by people affected by cancer. It helps you feel more confident in using your skills to deal appropriately with individual situations. It is important to understand that you will need to be prepared to explore and share your own experiences in this workshop.

Buddying & Befriending

Who is it for? 

People who are interested in the buddy/befriender role and people setting up buddying and befriending services, or those already part of existing buddying/befriending services who are interested in reviewing their practice.

What will you Learn? 

This free workshop will give you an overview of what’s involved in buddying and befriending so that you are able to understand the role of a buddy/befriender, establish best standards of practice and be able to manage the emotional demands of the role. You will develop a greater understanding of what the buddy/befriender role entails and what constitutes best standards of practice. It will provide you with an understanding of relevant support services and how people’s changing needs may be best supported.

Basil, the Macmillan Mobile Information and Support Centre

Basil, the Macmillan Mobile Information and Support Bus, is visiting North Lancashire and South Cumbria in January 2018.

There is a team of highly skilled Information Specialists on board who can help with a wide range of clinical, financial, emotional and practical aspects of living with and beyond cancer, including:

Screening and what to look out for (i.e. signs and symptoms)

Different cancers, their treatments and side effects

How cancer affects your life, for example finances or employment

Talking about your cancer or talking to someone with cancer

Being there for someone with cancer, or support available locally

Living with and beyond cancer and recurrence

You may just want to call and say ‘hello’. Either way, you’ll receive a warm welcome from the team.

Tell your story – My experience of Holistic Needs Assessment and Care Planning

Staff working in cancer services across Lancashire and Cumbria are being given the opportunity to better understand Holistic Needs Assessment and Care Planning as part of the Cancer Recovery Package.

Two training sessions will be held across Morecambe Bay. They will enable teams to roll out this approach to assessment which considers the whole person affected by cancer, not just their cancer diagnosis.

Do you have experience of completing an Holistic Needs Assessment? Would you like to be involved in staff training to help the development of future cancer services?

Next steps …

To find out more, please arrange an informal chat with Louisa on 01524 519369 or 01524 519322
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Dates, contacts and items for your diary:

Take part in a Macmillan survey - How do people affected by cancer access information and support in the North West? Contact: Helen Jarram This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 07710 308046

Health and Wellbeing Events closer to where you live:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 1pm – 4pm, The Globe Arena Christie Way, Westgate, Morecambe, LA4 4TB. *Volunteers confirm with Louisa by noon on Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 1pm – 4pm, The Forum Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1HH *Volunteers confirm with Louisa by noon on Thursday, March 15, 2018

Kendal date to be confirmed

Bringing people affected by cancer together in the LWBC Hub Next meeting: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 10.30am -12.30pm The Meeting Room, St Mary’s Hospice, Ford Park Crescent, Ulverston LA12 7JP


Learn and Share Event in Cumbria and Lancashire – Supporting Those Living With and Beyond Cancer: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 9am – 4.30pm, Barton Grange Hotel, 746 – 768 Garstang Road, Barton, Preston, PR3 5AA. *Volunteers confirm with Louisa by Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Free Learning for anyone to attend Loss and Bereavement, Friday, January 19, 2018 10am to 4.30pm, Chester

Buddying and Befriending Thursday, February 8, 2018, 10am - 4.30pm, Chester, Monday, February 26, 2018 10am to 4.30pm, Manchester. Booking To apply for a course, please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or call 01904 756 432 Have the following information ready when you book:

Title and date of the course, attendee’s name, role (e.g. job title/volunteer/person affected by cancer), location/trust, email, phone number.

Basil, the Macmillan Mobile Information and Support Bus:

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 9am to 4pm, Morrisons Morecambe, Central Drive, Morecambe, LA4 4DW.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 9am to 4pm, War Memorial Gardens, Ashtrees Way, Carnforth, LA5 9BQ.

Friday, January 12, 2018, 9am to 4pm, Outside Town Hall Town Square, Barrow, LA14 2LD.

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