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Sandwell Cancer, Older People and Advocacy Project


Affected by cancer?

From May 1st 2014 we are developing a brand new cancer advocacy service. We will be providing one to one support, help and advocacy for anyone over 50 who is affected by cancer.

Cancer can bring bewildering changes to the lives of those diagnosed but can also have a major impact on family, carers and friends. We will be supporting older people affected by cancer to make sure that healthcare professionals, social services, benefits and other agencies understand and respect their wishes. We aim to support older people affected by cancer to make informed choices and decisions about treatment and care. We can help find out whatever they need to know from information on cancer through to what practical help is available locally.

If you need cancer advocacy support or would like to talk to someone about it then please contact Dave Bradshaw, you can call on 0121 520 8070 or email at

Volunteer Advocates

We are looking for good listeners aged over 50 with some knowledge of cancer related issues who want to help people take control of their lives. We provide training, regular support and expenses. Ideally we’d need a flexible time commitment of between two to four hours weekly.

We recognise the additional needs for support of cancer patients from Black and Minority Ethnic and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual and Trans communities. We aim to be fully inclusive and especially welcome the contribution and involvement of volunteers from these communities.


If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer advocate then please contact Dave Bradshaw, you can call on 0121 520 8070 or email at

Local Cancer Champions


Local Cancer Champions meet quarterly to discuss the development of local service delivery. They actively promote the cancer advocacy service and support project staff and volunteers. We are looking for older people affected by cancer to become local Cancer Champions. If you feel able to contribute to our project at a strategic level, working alongside project staff and healthcare professionals and helping provide direction then please contact Dave Bradshaw, you can call on 0121 520 8070 or email at


Our scheme is part of the national Cancer, Older People and Advocacy project led by the Older People’s Advocacy Alliance (OPAAL) and is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and Big Lottery Silver Dreams Flagship Fund in association with the Daily Mail.

Our project blog has lots of information about the cancer advocacy project. It is regularly updated and contributions come from a range of sources. To have a look at the blog click here

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