Dorset Macmillan Advocacy founder volunteers, recognised at Help & Care
Bob and Maddy Smith have been supporting older people affected by cancer in Dorset since 2012 by volunteering their time with our Dorset Macmillan Advocacy service.
Bob and Maddy are moving out of Dorset to be closer to family, therefore they had to quit their volunteer role last month.
Recently, their contribution was recognised with a presentation at Help & Care. Emma Leatherbarrow, Director of Partnerships at Help & Care, said:
Bob and Maddy have been tremendous ambassadors for the service and have convinced the health professionals that they have explained the service to of the value of one to one peer support.
In the picture, from left to right: Maddy Smith, Jo Lee, Emma Leatherbarrow and Bob Smith.
Coordinator Jo Lee said:
We have been very lucky to have Bob and Maddy as an inspiration to our team from the start.They have a person centred and holistic approach; their personalities and the empathy they demonstrate allow them to build an immediate rapport and forge a trusting relationship which is essential in encouraging cancer patients and carers to share their issues and move forward.
Bob and Maddy hope to be able to use their expertise in a similar role in their new town. Bob said:
I would very much recommend to others who have had experience of cancer to volunteer as an advocate.The emotional rewards are enormous.
From Help & Care, we would like to thank Bob and Maddy their commitment with Help & Care and priceless contribution to our community.
In the picture, from left to right: Maddy Smith, Jo Lee, Bob Smith.
*The Dorset Macmillan Advocacy service is delivered in partnership with Dorset Advocacy