New Cancer Support Programme in Staffordshire
The Beth Johnson Foundation has launched a brand new service to help adults in *Staffordshire who are affected by cancer.
Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, the Staffordshire Cancer Support Programme - or CaSP as it will be known – is free to use, and provides social, emotional and practical support to cancer patients and their loved ones during or after treatment.
The service is available to anyone over 18 who has or has had cancer, as well as to their family and carers who may also need support.
Link Workers from the Beth Johnson Foundation will help patients and families with any issues they have, so that they can concentrate on dealing with the cancer and any treatment.
Kath Curley, Project Lead, said: “A cancer diagnosis doesn’t allow you to stop. Life goes on, but with added pressures. It’s often hard to focus on getting better or coping with treatment, because bills still need paying, the grass still needs cutting, and so on. Our experienced team of Link Workers understand that, and are able to help lift the strain and stresses that cancer brings to those affected, which can include family members too.”
Examples of the support the service can provide include:
· Helping research applicable benefits
· Getting utility bills reduced
· Sourcing transport information for hospital visits
· Finding counselling and local support groups
· Seeking an approved volunteer to accompany you to appointments
· Researching care providers
· Finding out about pet care during your hospital stay
Some clients find it difficult to access services, information or discounts because they’re not online. The CaSP Link Workers can help. They can visit you in the privacy of your home, or elsewhere if you like, to discuss how they can support you whilst you deal with cancer.
Staffordshire clients can be referred to the service by a heath professional, family member or friend, or they can self-refer, by picking up the phone.
For more information, please call 01782 844 036 or visit www.bjf.org.uk . You can also write to the Beth Johnson Foundation, 64 Princes Road, Parkfield House, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7JL.
*We currently do not serve East Staffordshire
For further information, please contact:
Sophie Beresford, Communications Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
07734384463 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
You may have cancer, but you are still you with a life to lead, friends to see, family who need you and people to love.
Macmillan is here to help you get on with your life no matter how cancer affects you. We can give you the practical, emotional and genuinely personal support you need to hold on to who you are and what’s important to you.
We can be there for you during treatment, help with money and work worries and give you the time you need to talk about your feelings or whatever’s troubling you. Whether it’s everyday things like hospital parking charges or big stuff like explaining cancer to your children, we’ll do all we can to support you.
We’ll be honest: cancer can be tough. But we’ve helped millions of people through it and we can do the same for you. To us you’re always a person, never a patient. Life with cancer is still your life and we will help you live it.
From the moment you’re diagnosed, for as long as you need us, you can lean on Macmillan. Call us free on 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk
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