Home Office Working Through Cancer Network
The WTC network has landed very well, with wide reach and penetration into the organisation and active sponsorship from Sir Philip Rutnam (Civil Service Disability Champion).
- 35 employees are now trainers (with more in the pipeline) and >1,000 people have already benefited with excellent feedback, wider applicability in building confidence/capability for a range of sensitive issues, keeping more people in work (with organisational and financial benefits).
- ~30 buddy volunteers across the country (all affected by cancer) supporting colleagues. >100 people in a closed intranet group.
- Working closely with Break the Stigma and MHFA Network, supporting those suffering anxiety and depression.
- Raising awareness via wellbeing conferences, staff events, Twitter, blogs and articles.
- Seonaid co-presented with Macmillan at National Health@Work Conference, promoted via Twitter and newsletter to hundreds of organisations.
- Promoted World Cancer Day via blogs/videos from colleagues who found WTC “invaluable”.
- Hugely successful “Know Your Blood Type” event with pledges from ministers and Permanent Secretaries – 179 new blood donors signed up (best ever single day for the NHS blood team).
- An active cross-Government WTC group (chaired by Seonaid) now covers 15 departments and has 55 members.
- Senior leaders role modelling through powerful stories - Suzanne Gooch (HR director) told her story as a cancer carer to 250 SCS colleagues
- Mitigating non-compliance risks re Equality Act; reducing BHD concerns for cancer sufferers.
Macmillan’s programme lead Liz Egan: “We’re delighted to work with the Home Office and are very impressed by the commitment shown in progressing this initiative, which we're confident has been – and will continue to be – of considerable benefit across the organisation.”
Network member: “It’s rewarding to be able to give something back - and be part of this amazing and innovative support network”
Network users: “the buddy group is quite amazing.” “The support the network gave me/my team when a colleague received a terminal diagnosis was invaluable, thank you”. “I wouldn't have made it through that particular day without WTC and your call”.
SCS: “this fantastic work creates such an important capability for the Department. Most people have been affected by cancer. Seonaid’s talk very clearly resonated, moving emotionally (me included) many people in the room.”