A free Staffordshire support service from The Beth Johnson Foundation helps adult patients, carers, friends and families affected by cancer, and provides social, emotional and practical support to cancer patients and their loved ones during or after treatment.
Cancer affects 1 in 3 of us. By 2020, that figure will rise to 1 in 2. It can be the hardest thing we and our families have to face.
Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, the Staffordshire Cancer Support Programme (CaSP) 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.
Jane Green is the Central Staffordshire Link Worker, and Caroline Bradford covers Cannock and the south of the county.
Examples of the support the service can provide include:
· Signposting to other useful services like welfare support and benefits
· Researching savings on utility bills
· 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
· Applying for a Blue Badge
“Some clients find it difficult to access services, information or discounts because they’re not online. 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.”
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.
You can access our support by just picking up the phone to us. Referrals can be made by yourself, your GP, a friend, carer or other health professional.
We help you deal with day-to-day issues, so you can get on with dealing with cancer.
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.