James Bartlett and Steve Miller have joined Brain Tumour Support as the charity's Brain Tumour Support Workers for South East Wales.
The two posts, which are funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, will ensure that brain tumour patients and their families living in South East Wales will receive individualised support from diagnosis, for as long as it is needed.
“We know there is a high demand for our bespoke services in Wales,” said Rosemary Wormington, Head of Support at Brain Tumour Support. “We already support many patients and families in the area and we receive new enquiries every month. By employing two dedicated Support Workers in the area, we will be able to offer one-to-one and group support to these patients and many more.”
Brain Tumour Support Worker, South East Wales (Chepstow)
James has had a variety of careers over the past 30 years but predominantly he has worked within the health and social care sector. This has taken him into various roles within the NHS and a number of not-for-profit organisations.
He has worked as a chef, a teacher, a therapeutic counsellor and a trustee for a Bristol-based charity.
Most recently he has worked with individuals who have learning disabilities, autism, mental health issues and adults who have an acquired brain injury.
When he trained to be a Therapeutic Counsellor, he volunteered with Dementia Care and at he also volunteers at the North Bristol NHS Trust and for the RSPCA.
“I am really happy to be starting my new role with Brain Tumour Support and embarking on a new journey as the charity branches out into South East Wales,” said James. “I am very excited to be joining such a valuable support service.”
Brain Tumour Support Worker, South East Wales (Bridgend)
After a career in law for nearly thirty years, ten in the Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil areas, Steve joined Citizens Advice as a caseworker, spending eight years providing specialist advice and support to clients suffering from severe physical or mental health problems.
As a caseworker, he helped clients needing long-term support with problems including access to welfare benefits, housing issues, employment, and debt and financial worries. In this role he worked with clients in hospitals, GP surgeries, schools and disability units throughout Bridgend County. He also managed several Citizens Advice projects, providing advice to families of disabled children, residents of deprived areas, and people suffering from debt or financial problems.
Steve developed first-hand knowledge of the effects of and treatment of cancer himself in 2017, when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer, and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
He left Citizens Advice in 2018 to work as a volunteer at the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff. “I hope that my work and personal experiences, as well as my local knowledge, will allow me to provide the help that Brain Tumour Support’s clients need,” said Steve.
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