Cancer Advocacy in Northumberland

Having a Voice Heard – Cancer Advocacy in Northumberland  

 Age UK Northumberland and Macmillan Cancer Support have combined forces to provide one-to-one support, help and information for people over 50 affected by cancer.

If you have had experience of cancer – whether you have had it or someone you have cared for has –  and you are interested in this project, please contact us.  We are looking for people who can spare three hours or more a week on a regular basis at locations throughout Northumberland. Training, expenses and full support will be given.

Faced with a cancer diagnosis it can be a lonely and confusing time, particularly for older people.  Even with the support of loved ones, many people do not wish to share their worries or troubles with friends or families. This is where our Cancer Advocacy Programme can help.

The project ensures that older people are supported in making their opinions, concerns and choices known.  To do this we need special people to train as ‘volunteer advocates’ – a role that requires someone who will listen, someone who is non-judgemental and someone who is willing to assist in accessing the appropriate health and care services.

Alternatively, if you are interested in our project and in finding out more about how we can assist you and/or your family our team will be happy to talk to you.

For further information please contact Deb McGarrity or Karen Renner on 01670 784800 or email

For more on Age UK Northumberland advocacy and Macmillan Cancer Support services see the Golden Guide Northumberland 2016,  pages 69 and 82.