Right now there is a lot going on in your life. You may be making new friends and forming relationships, moving away from home, or may be starting work, college or university. Being diagnosed with cancer, undergoing treatment or dealing with the physical and emotional changes associated with recovery can bring other worries to deal with.
This section provides you with information on a range of organisations that can support you with any issue that you may be facing, whether or not it’s directly related to your cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Some of the organisations we have included in this section have been set up specifically to help people with cancer. Others are more general, and can support you with your relationships, housing, money and a range of other issues. If you are comfortable doing so, it may be worth letting these organisations know about your cancer diagnosis and treatment plan, and if you are receiving any other benefits. This may help them provide you with more appropriate advice and open the door to other entitlements.
Phone helpline hours and call charges for national helplines regularly change, so please check on the individual websites for the most up-to-date information. Your CLIC Sargent care professional may also be able to put you in touch with other organisations in your local area.
You may notice that some of the services refer to people with a disability. Under the Equality Act 2010, cancer is classified as a disability and you are protected from the point of diagnosis, even if you are post-treatment or in remission. You may also have additional cognitive or physical impairments resulting from your cancer and/or treatment and its long-term effects which are also covered in the Act’s definition of disability.
Being officially categorised as ‘disabled’ – even though you may not think of yourself in this way – means that you are given certain legal protections including protection against discrimination, for example, in the workplace. You may also be more likely to have additional needs that entitle you to extra financial support including benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Disabled Students Allowances. This support may help you to live your life in the way you want to – but whether or not you want to take them up is entirely your choice.