Over £100,000 to be invested in welfare services for Powys cancer patients


Macmillan is helping people with cancer in Powys cope with the worsening cost of living crisis by investing more than £108,000 in county welfare services.

Through its supporters, the charity is investing more than £108,000 over the next three years to specifically help people with cancer in Powys.

The funding will support a full-time position in the service known as the Money Advice Team, which provides professional advice and invaluable support to residents, including people with cancer in the county.

The Macmillan-funded service at Powys County Council has helped 319 people with cancer claim more than £1.4million in benefits they were entitled to in 2021 alone.

A cancer diagnosis can result in a variety of additional costs for people, including the inability to work, the need to use more energy at home, and the need to buy new clothes due to weight changes. due to treatment.

The Powys Money Advice team has also worked hand in hand with the Improving the Cancer Journey in Powys (ICJ) program obtaining referrals from the Bracken Trust, PAVOs Community Connector service, Credu and palliative care nurses.

This means they can offer support to patients diagnosed with cancer at any stage of their journey.

Alastair Cornish, who is living with a rare cancer and attended a recent ICJ drop-in information event held in Brecon at the end of June, said: ‘Thanks to the ICJ program and the team Money Advice, I was able to obtain a blue badge and also submitted a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) application form following sound advice given by one of the team members.

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“The support she gave me has helped to reduce my anxiety levels significantly, which means I’m in a much better place today than I was.

“I am very grateful for the support given as I will soon be retiring for health reasons while I continue my ongoing cancer treatment, I am less afraid now of the cost of living crisis and its impact on me personally and my family.”

Councilor Matthew Dorrance, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for a Fairer Powys, said: ‘Many cancer patients in our county will be worried about the cost of living crisis.

“They often incur additional day-to-day living expenses following a cancer diagnosis, whether it’s traveling for treatment or managing their personal care needs.

“This commitment to continue funding a position for the next three years is both very welcome and very timely.

“This will help ensure that all cancer patients receive support from our dedicated team to access all the grants and social benefits they are entitled to that make life a little bit easier.

“I hope anyone living with cancer in Powys will get in touch with the team or, better yet, take up the ICJ program’s offer to have a more in-depth conversation – called a holistic needs assessment – about all their needs, including their financial situation.

Richard Pugh, Head of Partnerships for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “People with cancer need to be able to come to terms with their diagnosis and focus on their cancer treatment and financial worries should be the last thing on anyone’s mind.

“But the financial impact of things such as the inability to work, the need to use more energy to feel the cold more and the need for certain foods is all the more difficult because of the crisis in the cost of life.

“That’s why, through generous donations, Macmillan has prioritized funding our social care services for people living in Powys, in partnership with Powys County Council and the Improving the Cancer Journey in Powys.

“This vital service helps identify what is available and ease financial worries that prevent them from getting the most out of their treatment and recovery.”

We will do whatever it takes. For more information, support or just someone to talk to call 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk.

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