Cavendish Cancer Care offer online support for businesses supporting staff affected by cancer

16th September 2020

Let's Talk About Cancer is delivered by experienced professionals at Cavendish Cancer Care, to help you and your business handle conversations about cancer in a way that delivers positive outcomes.

Cavendish Cancer Care have over 30 years’ experience in supporting people affected by cancer. Their free of charge services are available in a one-to-one setting based at the Tim Pryor Centre and various outreach services across the city. That’s why their team are best-placed to help support you and your employees when this topic arises. We know 1 in 2 people will be affected by cancer in their lifetime, which could be as much as 50 of your workforce.

What happens when someone tells you they or a loved one has cancer? Do you grab the policy booklet and figure out ‘the plan’? One response that’s been heard time and time again is “I just don’t know what to say. I don’t want to put my foot in it and make things worse.”

Scenarios like these are commonly discussed through one-to-one therapy sessions at the centre, especially for the 64 of clients who are of working age. Talking about cancer and other life limiting illnesses is often seen as in the ‘too difficult’ box! That’s where Cavendish Cancer Care can help. They have developed individually tailored, bitesize training sessions for businesses to get help on these scenarios. Let’s Talk About Cancer sessions are about having conversations about cancer in a way that delivers positive outcomes.
What Cavendish Cancer Care do is the human side of things; improving the quality of life for people living with cancer. Let’s Talk About Cancer extends the impact that they can have: 91 of individual carers say that they can provide a better support to loved ones after they have spent time through the service. Wouldn’t it be great if 91 of business people attending these sessions felt that they (the sessions) helped them to provide the right level of support to their colleagues and teams?

Corporate Partnerships Officer, Kirsty White, explains "quite often this topic is passed to HR and colleagues fear for saying the wrong thing. What we do is help you as an organisation have positive conversations around cancer. Managing this wrongly can cause hostility within the business and a lot of upset, so we want to make sure you are ready and trained for supporting your staff; whether that's with them being diagnosed, caring for a loved one or are bereaved."

Training your staff properly in dealing with these questions and scenarios brings lots of benefits to your business. Whether you’re looking at retaining staff, increasing employee morale or looking at your risk management, these sessions will help equip your staff with the tools they need. 

Cavendish Cancer Care are holding an free introductory sessions where their team will go through the training content in further detail, including the importance of knowing what to say and what not to say, and how you can do this to benefit your organisation. Let Cavendish, the experts, share with you the do's and don't's around talking about cancer.

To book on to the session, please sign up here

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