Volunteer as an advocate for a person affected by cancer
Would you like to use your experience of cancer to benefit others?
Impetus is a health and social care charity that enables vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Brighton and Hove to improve their wellbeing and quality of life. We achieve this via a number of frontline services that provide befriending, specialist advocacy, mentoring, training, social networking, peer support, volunteering and work placements for a wide range of vulnerable people.
The Macmillan-Impetus Cancer Advocacy service provides independent advocacy to older people (50 plus), adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and those with autism spectrum conditions if they or a partner, close friend or family member is or has been affected by cancer. This service is provided free of charge and is accessible to those living in or near Brighton and Hove.
Our trained advocates support people affected by cancer to resolve difficulties, cancer-related or not: helping people with cancer to ask for what they want, access information and support they need, make informed choices and decisions about treatment and care, and feel in control.
We are seeking motivated, compassionate individuals with good listening skills to volunteer as peer advocates.
What we ask for
- Attendance on initial advocate training course (over 2 days)
- A time commitment of around 8 hours per month
What we offer
- Training in cancer awareness and advocacy
- On-going supervision support
- Out-of-pocket expenses
Skills or experience required
- Minimum age: 18 years
- Patience, empathy and excellent listening skills are essential
- Own experience of cancer or experience via a family member or close friend, is desirable
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