National Conference of Cancer Self Help Groups

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To provide a webcast of the National Conference of Cancer Self Help Groups future Conferences

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The National Conference of Cancer Self Help Groups (Reg. Charity 328634) has been in existence now for 25 years, and has provided an annual conference, open to anyone affected by cancer, for up to 600 delegates. This conference has been heavily subsidised from the start, initially by grants from CancerLink, an associated charity of Macmillan Cancer Support, and then from Macmillan itself and latterly, also by Cancer Research UK. This support has enabled the organisation to keep its fees for delegates to a minimum, (the full cost for the 4 day conference in 2009 was £195) an important point, because many people with cancer are financially disadvantaged because of the illness. For all but one of its 25 years, the Conference has been held in Manchester. The Conference provides a blend of top-class international speakers from all aspects of cancer care – both orthodox and complementary; around 50 experiential workshops, where delegates have the opportunity to try different approaches to help themselves with their cancer or to explore more community-centred events such as establishing and making the most of a local cancer self help group; a bookstall and a variety of information stalls in the exhibition area and a great opportunity to network with other people affected by cancer in a safe, relaxed environment. We are now looking to the future of the Conference, and an important part of this is the development of more financial independence. We also wish to raise the profile of the charity, and of self-help as a concept, since whilst what we do now is greatly valued by all concerned, we can do more, both within the UK and internationally. One option we are exploring is to use technological advances to reach a much wider audience, and to broadcast the next conference (July 1 to 4, 2010) via the internet. As well as reaching many more people who may benefit from the information gained, we can also record the material both for archive records and for sale. The intention is to sell the live webcast access as well as later recordings. The cost of providing a webcast of the entire conference is approximately £5000 for the 2010 event and we are seeking funding for this venture, which will also give us the opportunity to test the viability for future webcasts. Further discussion of this idea would be welcomed either via phone on 0845 257 1509 or email via chair@nationalcancer.org

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