The Cancer Voices Network is an online tool for people affected by cancer to sign up to become a ‘Cancer Voice’. A Cancer Voice is someone affected by cancer who chooses to use their cancer experience to improve cancer services and/or raise awareness of the diverse realities of living with cancer. By “affected by cancer” Macmillan Cancer Support means someone who has – or had – a cancer diagnosis or the family, spouse, partner, carer of someone with a cancer diagnosis.
The Cancer Voices Network is a matching service that puts in contact people affected by cancer with projects and ‘opportunities’ to get involved in cancer services and organisations. An opportunity can range from completing a survey about their cancer care, to joining a local NHS representative patient group or contributing to a national campaign. The Cancer Voices Network is a bit like a job or dating website where people are matched by preference, experience and location. Every time a suitable opportunity is posted, an email alert will be sent. There is also a mechanism set up to allow people who don’t have access to the internet a way of finding out about new opportunities that arise.
The Cancer Voices Network can be found on the Macmillan Cancer Support website www.macmillan.org.uk. From the homepage, follow the links to Cancer Voices and then to the Cancer Voices Network.
As a professional, group or organisation you can:
- log on as an Email only user to receive email alerts of opportunities as they are posted by clicking ‘email info only’
- log onto the Cancer Voices Network and register as an Organisation to ‘add an opportunity’ for people affected by cancer