Older People Living with Cancer

Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

OPAAL welcomes new Development Officer, Kim

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Kim Beresford takes up post today as OPAAL’s newest, and very welcome, member of staff.

Kim’s work will focus on the development of our new Department of Health funded Older People’s Cancer Voices project, and the Sanofi Patient Group Bursary Gold Award funded Train the Trainer project . Here Kim introduces herself:


Hello, I’m Kim Beresford and I joined OPAAL today as a Development Officer. My background is in management and advocacy, and for the last 14 years I’ve been employed as Chief Executive of Doncaster Advocacy, an organisation providing advocacy support to adults with learning disabilities.

I have worked with OPAAL in the past, on the Speaking up to Safeguard report; the Policy into Practice project, and more recently was involved in the initial stages of design of the framework for advocacy interventions to support older people with a diagnosis of cancer, which has developed into the Cancer Older People & Advocacy project.

Doncaster Advocacy was a member organisation of OPAAL and I have also been involved in their Partnership Development Hub meetings, which I believe offer a great deal of support, ideas and practical funding related opportunities to smaller local advocacy schemes, and which led of course to the Silver Dreams Lottery funding award.

Kim Beresford

Kim Beresford

I am excited about working with the OPAAL team alongside Kath, Marie, Anne and Tracey, Trustees and OPAAL’s member organisations. I am sure the job will offer both opportunities and challenges, and I intend to approach them all with commitment and enthusiasm!


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