I wanted to find something to fill my time when I was retiring and I took a volunteer position in the Benefits Advice team at Tenovus Cancer Care. It was important to maintain some structure after working for the previous 40 years so I volunteer two mornings a week.
When someone first gets diagnosed with cancer it can have quite significant financial implications for them. Tenovus Cancer Care has a team of expert Benefits Advisors who are able to give advice and help with the application process. The advisor will work in the background, leaving the patient to concentrate on getting better.
The eight hours I volunteer means the Benefits Advisors are able to spend more time helping patients and their families, rather than getting bogged down in the paper work that I’m able to do for them.