My name is James but people who know me call me JS, a lifelong nickname which I like. I have been an Information Volunteer with Cancer Support for 9 months. My first involvement was in the Cancer Information Centre in the main entrance to the Bradford Royal Infirmary. To facilitate work to be carried out on a new front entrance the office was closed and I was relocated to the Support Centre on Smith Lane.
I really enjoyed every minute of my time in the Cancer Information Centre; the interaction with all the various people who called into the office was very rewarding. Whether it was help with information about benefits advice or blue badge applications through the dedicated Welfare Rights Team or simply offering information about a specific type of cancer. Sometimes it was just for a chat or on occasions to provide a shoulder of support for someone who had just been diagnosed with cancer and didn’t understand what it was the Doctor was explaining to them. To be able to be part of the process and offer whatever help and advice was needed was a reward in its own right.
I really enjoy every minutes that I help out at the Centre, it’s a team organisation from the Director to the rest of the staff everyone is so friendly and it makes me proud to be a small cog in the mechanics of this great team