De Montfort University’s unique partnership with Macmillan delivers an innovative volunteer-led cancer support service in Leicester.The scheme brings together several of the University’s strategies; working together with our local community, improving the lives of people in Leicester and increasing the employability of our students.
DMU Macmillan volunteers undertake home visits to offer befriending and provide emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer. Offering a friendly chat or a listening ear can improve someone’s self-esteem and confidence as it helps to reduce some of the isolation associated with cancer. Volunteers may also help with practical tasks such as shopping, housework or gardening for people who are currently unable to do these tasks themselves either because they have cancer or are caring for somebody with cancer.
Every day 10 people in Leicestershire hear the devastating news that they have cancer, and 5 people die from the illness. This will see Leicestershire’s population of people living with cancer increase to an estimated 48,000 in 2030. Our fantastic initiative is making a real difference in Leicester and the partnership achieved national recognition when it was highlighted in the houses of parliament by Leicester West MP Liz Kendall.