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Virtual Home based 20 Sep 2021

Community Advisory Network (CAN) Steering Group Member

Why am I needed?

In line with a strategic shift away from research and towards the development of a more insight led organisation, Tenovus Cancer Care wants to work closely with those most affected by cancer to ensure that what matters most to the communities in Wales is heard and addressed, whether this is through research, policy or services. To achieve this, they aim to set up a Community Advisory Network.

To assist with the set up, and ensure full involvement with patient and public representatives, Tenovus Cancer Care are seeking to recruit up to 8/10 members of a steering group to advise on all aspects of the initiation of their new Community Advisory Network.

What will I be doing? 

Members of the steering group will meet occasionally via video/face to face to contribute to the development of the Community Advisory Network by

  • Discussing the concept itself
  • Analysing strategy
  • Setting priorities
  • Covering practical issues such as recruitment, communication methods, frequency
  • Contributing your views, representing the voice of the public
  • Reviewing relevant documents

Future meetings and correspondence will revolve around the administration of the network and any other relevant topics.

What skills or qualities do I need?

  • Currently live in Wales
  • Have been directly affected by cancer
  • Comfortable giving your opinion to a group in in a polite but effective manner
  • Ability to participate in group discussions
  • Be respectful of others’ opinions
  • Listening skills
  • Maintain confidentiality where required
  • Ability to perform other activities relevant to this role, which may emerge as the network develops, as and when agreed mutually

How much time do I need to commit?

Initially, we would like to hold two focus groups this Autumn, which we expect to last no more than 2 hours. After this, we would anticipate the steering group meeting 2 – 4 times a year, to contribute to the development of the larger Community Advisory Network. Ad hoc email communication will take place in between, and input not exceeding 4 hours per month may be required to help with the development and administration of the network.

What support will I be given?

Each steering group meeting will be facilitated by a Tenovus Cancer Care member of staff and external member. You will receive guidance on topics to be discussed and information on any tasks given. You will also be able to contact the research and insight team by email or phone for additional support, as required.

What benefits can I expect?

  • Your involvement in this steering group helps ensure this project has full involvement with patient and public representatives from the outset
  • As a member you will be contributing your views, representing the voice of the public
  • The opportunity to develop a range of skills while making a difference in your community
  • You may enjoy meeting new people and being a part of a project to ultimately help those affected by cancer
  • The chance to gain experience and to volunteer alongside our Insight and Engagement Team
  • Support from members of our research and insight team who will be able to offer you advice, information and guidance in your role
  • Access to apply for our internal job vacancies
  • Reasonable travel can be reimbursed in line with organisational policy
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a vital difference to the work of Tenovus Cancer Care, and in particular the people who access our unique services.

Where will I be based?

Home-based, with ability to travel to meetings desirable but not essential.

More information?

Applications close on the 25th of October and we would love to have an informal chat with potential volunteers on the 28th October. Please contact our Volunteer Development Team on 029 2076 8850 or e-mail volunteer@tenovuscancercare.org.uk 

 

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