‘First ever’ Macmillan support and information team revealed
Tuesday 30th May 2017 @ 11:55 by Tom Greggan

Macmillan Cancer Support has unveiled the team who will run Tameside and Glossop’s ‘first ever’ Macmillan Information and Support Centre.

David Banks, the new Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager, and his assistant, Michelle Wood, will run the new facility at Tameside Hospital, alongside a team of trained volunteers.

The Macmillan Information and Support Centre provides practical cancer information and emotional support to help people deal with the social impact of cancer, such as work, family life and finances. It will also signpost anyone with a cancer diagnosis, or is concerned about cancer, including family, friends and carers, to other local support services and provide a facility to help people to live with and beyond cancer.

David has more than 17 years’ experience in welfare rights and benefits advisory roles, and working with people affected by cancer, and has been a Macmillan professional since 2007.

He said: “Our aim is to ensure that all people affected by cancer across Tameside and Glossop, including their family and carers, will have the information and support they need throughout their cancer journey, so that they can make the best decisions for themselves about their treatment and their lives.

“You’ll find a team of experts and trained volunteers who will be on hand to answer any questions, lend a listening ear and provide vital information and support on everything from local support groups to help for any financial problems a cancer diagnosis can create. All visitors to the centre will be able to access booklets, leaflets and other sources of information, free of charge.”

His assistant, Michelle Wood, joins from the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre at North Manchester General Hospital, where she worked in a similar role. She will work part-time at Tameside and also at Macmillan’s information centre at Beechwood Cancer Care Centre in Stockport.

She added: “I am really excited about this role and am looking forward to helping support people affected by cancer in Tameside and Glossop, and to also make the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre at Tameside a flagship facility for the local community.”

No appointments are needed to visit the new Macmillan Information and Support Centre, which is based at the Tameside Macmillan Unit, and is open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

For further information, support or advice, phone the centre on 0161 922 5644 or email [email protected]