Can­cer sup­port cen­tres: Facts and fig­ures

The Irish Times - Tuesday - Health - - Health Cancer Support -

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.

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