Older People Living with Cancer

Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

Lights, camera, action!

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Janet Cullingford, Services Manager at programme partner ICANN tells us about recently becoming a film star.

As part of the Older People’s Cancer Voices project running alongside the Cancer Older People and Advocacy Service, ICANN were recently asked to host some filming with Meirion Harries from WebEnable.org. 

Filming took place at a variety of venues in the Preston area, ICANN offices, Rosemere Cancer Information centre at Royal Preston Hospital and in a client’s home.

Margaret and Vivian

Margaret and Vivian

A series of interviews were carried out including clients of service, volunteers, local cancer champions board members, a Carer of an older person with cancer, project staff and a commissioner of advocacy services from our local authority.

Carol is an advocate

Carol is an advocate

 Everyone who took part commented on how much they had enjoyed being a part of it, and were made to feel at ease by both the interviewer and Meirion. It also provided fascinating insights into the way that films are edited, cuts used, even the importance of lighting.


Janet and Tony

Janet and Tony

It was a busy, exhausting but very enjoyable 2 days, and I’m sure that any of the other Delivery Partners who are joining in with the filming will find the same.

There are 4 separate short films, which will be developed from the filming that Meirion is carrying out. They’ll accompany the toolkit which is currently being designed to accompany and complement the Cancer Older People and Advocacy Programme.

The films will be shown to promote the service to potential clients, attract volunteers, promote the service to referrers especially health professionals, and also to future funders of the service.

Especial thanks to willing client Tony who allowed us to rearrange part of his kitchen, even turning off his freezer to allow best filming conditions.

Once completed we’re planning to use these films to showcase our work . How do you showcase what you do? Please do let us know.


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