Living With and Beyond Cancer

Cumbria CVS is working with the Northern Cancer Alliance to support the roll out of the Macmillan Recovery Package. Macmillan Cancer Support has developed the Recovery Package to help ensure that all cancer patients have equal access to all the support they need. This includes a Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA) which results in a personalised care plan that addresses all needs, going beyond the clinical care available and aiming to support people throughout their cancer journey and into living life beyond it.

We are delighted to have been granted additional funding from April 2019. This will enable us to build on what we have developed over the last 12 months.

Our Living with and Beyond Cancer project focusses on partnership working with colleagues in the health and voluntary sectors in North Cumbria to make health care more integrated with direct links through to the wide variety of support provided by the voluntary sector. We want people with a cancer diagnosis not only to have the best clinical and psychological care but also to be able to access the rich variety of support that the voluntary sector has to offer.  Working together can provide the holistic support needed for people to overcome the many challenges they face.

In the coming months, we will be: increasing our volunteer capacity to support the HNA process; further developing the network of voluntary organisations who offer support services; and developing a network of specialist volunteers and staff who are able to provide support to people with specific needs.

If you are interested either in volunteering or being part of a cancer support network please contact:
Jane Macfarlane