Community First News & Updates
Macmillan Cancer Connections: Hearing Swindon
Towards the end of March, I went along to Toothill Community Centre in Swindon to do some illustrative note taking at the Connecting People Network.
Co-hosted by Margaret Firth from Wiltshire Community Foundation this meet-up was a fantastic day that gave residents, groups and support services the opportunity to let others know about the things that they are running in Swindon and Wiltshire.
Another topic for discussion was to look at what solutions we could come up with to create a more connected Swindon and Wiltshire.. With around 40 people in attendance there were five clear themes that came out
- Connecting and Linking the current services and support
- Improvements to Transport services
- More services and involvement for young people
- A way of bringing together the services and information that is available for people
- Ensuring that existing great things are kept going by ensuring new volunteers are always joining
What really struck me was that none of the people spoke about their cancer support services. Was this because there are none – this I doubt! But what occurred to me was that perhaps cancer had not specifically come to mind when talking about what people offer to tackle isolation.
Personally I have heard people telling me that they have felt isolated during or after their treatment or diagnosis and I wondered whether groups considered this when thinking about isolation. Whenever any of us experience a serious health problem it opens us up to feeling isolated.
For me this is something to explore more and if possible : to see if we can find solutions that can not only raise awareness about ALL support services (including cancer) but to find a way for them to interlink with each other and offer an easier route into them…
See below for the images from the session: