National Advocacy Conference

Staff Blog -  The National Advocacy Conference organised by Kate Mercer Training was the place to be as I am always keen to keep up to date with changes and innovations in advocacy so I was really pleased to be able to attend. The Conference provided some excellent speakers who highlighted some of the changes to statutory advocacy, with particular reference to the recently introduced Care Act. The introduction of a statutory right to an advocate has for some time been embedded in laws such as the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act; and many advocates hoped that the Care Act would increase the access to advocacy for many more people who have care and support needs.  ... Read more

Stem Cells, Cancer and Life Lessons

A blog posted on Twitter caught my eye, not only because of the volume of swearing in the initial post, but because it tells the story of a man who is quite unwell but buried his head in the sand about everything that was going on with his body that wasn’t supposed to be happening (something which many of us have done in the past I’m sure). Also his blog seems to resonate with thousands and thousands of people. ... Read more

Official Launch

Staffordshire  & Wolverhampton Cancer Advocacy  Beth Johnson Foundation working in partnership with Macmillan and OPAAL. The extension of the project into the City of  Wolverhampton was officially launched on 15th October to an invited audience and was attended by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Councillors Ian and Paula Brookfield. ... Read more

Cancer Support Groups

Recently I have been lucky enough to visit a couple of Cancer Support groups in my area. Firstly I visited the WAGS group in Wolverhampton, (Wolverhampton Area Gynae Support), who were most welcoming.  I spent time discussing some of their own personal issues as well as some of our current cases, where members of the group were able to help us with information and places to signpost our clients to. ... Read more

Age-friendly Stoke

Older citizens of Stoke are helping the City Council to make Stoke on Trent a great place to grow older.  ... Read more

Ageing with chronic pain: promoting age-friendliness in rural areas

A new summary report has been published: Ageing with chronic pain: promoting age-friendliness in rural areas. The Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences at Keele University and the Beth Johnson Foundation (BJF) co-hosted a stakeholder engagement workshop to share the results of two research projects. ... Read more

Pre-paid funeral?

 I am sure there are many people who have arranged a pre-paid funeral to ease the burden for their family during the distressful time when a loved one dies. As an advocate I would support an individual if they are estranged from their family.  ... Read more

FREE Cancer Awareness and Support Day

Free Cancer Awareness and Support Event 16th September at the Victoria Hall 10am to 3pm. Talk to local cancer nurse specialists and other health professionals. Ask questions and find out more about the support and services in your area. ... Read more

Can You Make a Difference?

No one in Staffordshire should face cancer alone. The Staffordshire & Wolverhampton Cancer Advocacy Project are offering free training to become a volunteer advocate, so if you can spare the time and would like to become involved please contact us on the details below. ... Read more

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