Cancer support centres: Facts and figures
There are 39 cancer support centres in Ireland affiliated to the Irish Cancer Society.
They receive free staff training and financial support up to ¤750 to offset the cost of travelling to networking and training events.
The Irish Cancer Society launched its affiliation programme in 2011 and each affiliation period lasts for three years.
The current period of affiliation ends in 2017.
To remain affiliated to the Irish Cancer Society, community-led cancer support centres must comply with various policies including having charitable status, professional therapies and confidentiality and complaints procedures.
Cancer support centres also receive Irish Cancer Society funding for professional counselling, and evidence-based psycho-educational groups.
These include the six-week prostate cancer programme, the Living Life group for people with a diagnosis of secondary cancer and the Strides for Life, 15-week physical activity programme designed to reduce the risk of secondary cancer.
Each support centre relies on a mix of voluntary funds from charity shops, large fund raising events and individual donations and grants from the Irish Cancer Society.
The Irish Cancer Society granted ¤442,000 to their affiliated supports centres in 2016.