Cancer Lifeline feels it meets the public benefit requirement because its purposes satisfies both elements of the public benefit requirement. In practice, Cancer Lifelines' purposes provide a range of benefits to a section of the public (ie. those diagnosed with cancer and their family members / carers). The actual benefits in terms of (i) the
relief of sickness through the provision of support services include:- - improved health outcomes - improved mental, physical and emotional wellbeing - reduced levels of stress and anxiety - improved self care and self help strategies to deal with the impact of cancer - reduced levels of isolation - individuals and families are better able to cope with their or their loved ones illness - enhanced self confidence and self worth - opportunities to come together and share their fears and anxieties and to gain support from others facing similar difficulties - improved quality of life throughout their cancer journey - access to holistic care - increased capacity to understand their or their loved ones illness and treatment options - feeling supported, cared for and valued at a very vulnerable time in their lives - giving individuals and families a sense of hope The actual benefits for beneficiaries in terms of (ii) advancing education about cancer through advice, information and educational programmes include:- - increased skills, knowledge and capacity to make healthier lifestyle choices - enhanced knowledge about cancer signs and symptoms and the importance of early detection and early intervention - improved coping skills to deal with the impact of cancer - increased capacity and skills to try out, learn and integrate into their daily lives healthier lifestyle choices, for example in areas such as diet and nutrition, exercise and stress management - increased knowledge and understanding of the range of support services available to them both statutory, voluntary and community and how to access them - increased understanding of the role of different Allied Health Professionals - access to accurate and relevant health information that is accessible and easily understood - positive behavioural change through learned new techniques for self care and self help practices - access to continued peer support to enhance and support their health improvement learning - increased capacity to articulate their health needs to various health professionals - increased capacity to articulate their experiences of the health service with a view to improving future cancer services for all None of the above benefits are deemed harmful. Also all of the above mentioned benefits have been demonstrated via continued evaluation (both self and external independent evaluation) of Cancer Lifeline's services. Hence they have been recognised, defined and measured. The only private benefit is incidental this refers to the payment of appropriate salaries to staff employed by Cancer Lifeline in order to deliver its purposes....
What your organisation does
At our 'home from home' community base Cancer Lifeline provides a varied programme of support and information services. The unique focus of Cancer Lifeline is that it is managed by local people all of whom are living with cancer. Hence, when people come for support they will have the opportunity to meet and talk to others who have been through
the same experience. Services provided include:- - counselling - welfare benefits advice - complementary therapies - advocacy / peer support (This can include hospital, home visits and telephone support) - women's support group - male health improvement sessions - bereavement support - carer's support - parent support - tailored support for those aged 60+ - feel good factor workshops (hair, skin and nail care) - nutrition - get active programmes - fatigue management - relaxation / stress management - library services - signposting to other sources of support - health improvement training and workshops - outreach health improvement events e.g. talks, stalls, drama presentations - facilitating beneficiaries to share their experiences in order to improve future cancer services for all...
The charity’s classifications
- The advancement of education
- The advancement of health or the saving of lives
- The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage
Who the charity helps
- General public
- Mental health
- Physical disabilities
- Voluntary and community sector
How the charity works