Working With Cancer
8th April 2016
The aims of Working With Cancer (WWC) are to support people within the UK of any age, colour, ethnicity, economic situation or sexual orientation affected by cancer, who are working or looking for work, to successfully return to work, to remain in work, or to find work, depending on their personal needs. The services that WWC offers are:
1) One-to-one coaching and advice on managing work and cancer for employees and carers provided via a sponsoring employer or directly
2) Training workshops for line managers, HR professionals and health professionals
3) Workshops for cancer patients and survivors (via charities like the Maggie’s Centres)
4) Consultancy about managing work and cancer for employers
We are working with a number of large corporates including Lloyds Bank and Schroders and most of the major cancer charities. A few quotes:
“The medical profession tend to help you through treatment but then ‘cast you adrift’ so having someone to talk to who really understood my situation was really helpful. I would not be at work today of it wasn’t for my coach. I just know I would have given up.”
"Just knowing that there was someone that I could get advice and information from without compromising the trust and confidentiality was so reassuring"
"The workshops were very well received, with 97% of participants rating them good or fantastic (28% good, 69% fantastic) and 100% of participants rating the facilitation as either good (19%) or fantastic (81%)."
The beneficiaries of our organisation are:
a. people aged 16 and upwards who have been diagnosed with cancer
b. working carers aged 16 and upwards caring for someone with cancer
c. working colleagues and friends of an individual diagnosed with cancer
Race, gender, religion, community etc. are immaterial.
For those with cancer, typically the needs of our beneficiaries are:
i. To come to terms with the physical and psychological impact of cancer
ii. To integrate that experience into their life,
iii. To manage their work whilst coping with the impact of cancer
For working carers, colleagues or friends, typically their needs are about dealing with significant emotional stress whilst coping with the day to day management of work.