Cancer affects almost everyone at least once in their life time, so here at Wellbeing Enterprises (WE) we provide community-based support to anyone who is affected by cancer in Liverpool. The other Community Wellbeing Officers and I work together to provide one-to-one support and deliver community based courses and activities that focus on helping people to make positive life changes, aiming to improve the social aspect of their health and wellbeing. As part of our one-to-one service, we help individuals get access to a wide range of support services to help them tackle any issues that they may currently be facing.

Today has been a busy day, but nothing out of the ordinary! I started the day at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, completing some one-to-one Wellbeing Review appointments. I met with a gentleman called Robert* who has had a recent diagnosis of Bowel Cancer and is set to start treatment next week. Robert is in his early 40’s and is currently self-employed so his recent diagnosis means he will soon have to stop working which he is feeling really anxious about. In our appointment, I talked to Robert about how we can help him manage the impact to his finances and family and discussed his entitlements, such as free prescriptions, blue badges and eligibility for grants. While Robert was with me, I contacted a Macmillan Financial Advisor to book him in for an appointment with her later this week.

I also met with Sophie*. Sophie has Leukaemia and has been receiving support from WE for the past few months, today was her 3-month follow up appointment. Sophie was overjoyed to be able to tell me that she is getting the all clear on Wednesday! The last time we had a one-to-one appointment together, she was experiencing low mood and anxiety as she was very worried about her own and her son’s health so I signposted her to some self-help resources and provided her with some support services that are available help her son. Sophie was so very grateful for the support we had given her during her cancer journey and her son is also starting to feel better after receiving support. During the appointment, we signed Sophie up to our Living Life to the Full (LLTTF) course as she feels that she is ready to start moving forward and making some positive life changes. LLTTF helps people develop the life skills needed to maintain positive wellbeing such as resilience, confidence and motivation and we both agreed that this is what Sophie needs to help her move on. We also set some Wellbeing Pledges to help Sophie keep on track of her goals over the next few months.

This afternoon I then returned to our office which is based in Liverpool City Centre. Every Monday we have a volunteer, Patricia*, come along to help us out. Patricia has been in touch with WE for over 12 months, not always as a volunteer, having previously had a cancer diagnosis and other long-term health conditions. WE have supported Patricia in a one-to-one setting and when Patricia asked about possible volunteering opportunities in the Liverpool area we opened our own doors to her and offered her the opportunity to volunteer with us. We’re so thankful for the help Patricia gives us around the office and we all love hearing all about what she’s been up during the week.

I am so appreciative for the opportunities and experiences my job at Wellbeing Enterprises gives me. I get to meet a selection of fantastic, inspirational individuals and I am honoured to be able to support them throughout their cancer journey. I love my job and I am proud to say that the work that we do as a team at Wellbeing Enterprises makes a significant, positive and memorable impact to peoples lives every day.

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