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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-12-02

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Macmillan's volunteers aim to assist more people across Merseyside

A volunteer led scheme run by Macmillan Cancer Support is looking to support even more people affected by cancer in their own homes and local communities across Merseyside.

Macmillan's Community Support Schemes in Liverpool, Wirral, Chester and Cheshire West provide both practical and emotional support to people affected by cancer.

As the number of people affected by cancer grows, the schemes help people from the point of diagnosis through to bereavement support, and they also aim to assist both the person with the diagnosis and their loved ones.

Harry Daniels, 75, from Liverpool City Centre, has been supported by a Macmillan volunteer who has provided both practical and emotional support. He said:- "It was Sue, my Occupational Therapist, who told me about the scheme, and then Linda Towey and Phill Davies came round to visit, and I haven't looked back since. Phill's been so supportive."

The Lead Volunteer for the Community Support Scheme undertakes an initial visit in order to discuss what support Macmillan Volunteers can provide, and then matches the client with a suitable volunteer.

Harry, who says that Phill has helped him in all kinds of ways, added:- "Shopping was a really difficult thing to do since I've started walking with a stick, as people seem to think I'm invisible, but going with Phill has given me a lot of confidence and I'm now eating more healthily as I can get to the shop where there's more choice."

Macmillan Volunteer Phill Davies says he's been able to build a great relationship with Harry whilst supporting him with practical tasks such as helping with Harry's admin, and even sourcing a new tin opener.

Phill, a retired senior caseworker for the Border Agency, said:- "Harry was really struggling to use a conventional tin opener as he has limited movement in his arm, so I managed to find a one-handed tin opener online. It seems a small thing but it's given Harry more independence."

Phill also enjoys his conversations with Harry whether that's about music, guitars, calligraphy or listening to Harry's stories from work. He added:- "Volunteering with Macmillan Cancer Support has made me feel valuable again, a partnership between me and the client; I've learnt such a lot from Harry."

Macmillan Community Support volunteers can help with practical tasks such as gardening, light housework, or ironing, as well as providing some company and emotional support whether that's a chat over a cup of tea, or taking a walk with someone who feels less confident about being on their own.

All Macmillan Cancer Support volunteers have completed an application process, hold a DBS Certificate and are fully trained.

If you, or someone you love, have been affected by cancer and you think Macmillan's Community Support volunteers could support you, then please get in touch with your local service:-

Community Support Liverpool:- 07525 592611.
Community Support Chester and Cheshire West:- 07455 758717.
Community Support Wirral:- 07710 707791.


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