Sean, Macmillan Cancer Support welfare rights service manager

Sean, Macmillan Cancer Support welfare rights service manager


My name’s Sean Conroy, I’ve been at Macmillan for nine years. My current role is welfare rights
service manager. Macmillan did some research and we found
that the second biggest worry, after the cancer itself, is financial.
Nobody expects that they’re
gonna get cancer, you know, it’s not something that people
often plan for.
A lot of cancer patients are not capable of working and that
might be just the cancer itself or down to the treatments that they’re receiving. There’s no specific benefit for a cancer patient. It’s difficult when someone is
fighting their way through a cancer diagnosis, and suddenly having to think about finances. You know it’s just not something that they should be having to do. I think for us when somebody rings and
everything’s got on top of them, it’s just a shame you know, we
always wish they would have phoned us before. Some people do not like asking for help,
some people think that I’m not ever going to claim benefits, you know, there is a stigma around benefits. I think after a cancer diagnosis your
control can be taken away from you.
You know you have all sorts of people telling you what’s going to happen and what’s not gonna
happen, you know, and just to be able to get
some of that control back and do something for yourself, that’s quite significant to a lot of people.
I would say to anybody that’s going to call the support line, don’t feel embarrassed it’s just a
conversation over the phone. It’s never shared with anybody else.
The team are a specialist team and they will be able to find the
support that you need. It can be very emotional at times with some of the stories you hear about people affected by cancer, but it just gives you the strength as
well to want to do more for those people. Since I’ve joined Macmillan, the staff that
work within Macmillan I have to say, are second to none.
We’ve got some brilliant staff, some brilliant people that
do brilliant work to support people affected by
cancer.
I just love being part of it

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