Can­cer cen­tre will be at heart of com­mu­nity

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports - BY LIND­SEY HAMIL­TON

PLANS have been un­veiled to open a com­mu­nity can­cer cen­tre in one of the most de­prived ar­eas of Dundee.

City coun­cil­lors will be asked on Mon­day to back the pro­pos­als for a Macmil­lan fa­cil­ity in Ardler.

The char­ity wants to es­tab­lish the cen­tre in the cafe ad­join­ing the Ardler Com­plex.

Macmil­lan is pro­vid­ing fund­ing of £176,938 for the project and coun­cil­lors are be­ing asked to pro­vide the premises rent free for a three-year pe­riod.

In her re­port to the neigh­bour­hood ser­vices com­mit­tee, direc­tor Elaine Zwirlein said there were a grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple i n Dundee af­fected by can­cer of all types.

She added: “Dundee as a city has a higher than av­er­age in­ci­dence of all main can­cers, ex­cept prostate, and a much higher than av­er­age mor­tal­ity from can­cer as com­pared with across the UK.

“In 2010, 5,200 peo­ple were es­ti­mated to be liv­ing with or be­yond can­cer i n the city and this is ex­pected to rise to 8,400 by 2030.

“There is cur­rently a large, va­cant but fully us­able cafe area in Ardler Com­plex, in the heart of the com­mu­nity, with a li­brary, meet­ing rooms, gyms and com­mu­nity gar­den all on site.

“Ardler is in the high­est 10% for mul­ti­ple de­pri­va­tion in Scot­land. This is an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop, in con­junc­tion with lo­cal peo­ple, ser­vices for peo­ple af­fected by can­cer.

‘‘These ser­vices will be scoped and co-pro­duced with lo­cal peo­ple and con­tin­u­ally im­proved.

“It will bring to­gether a num­ber of key ob­jec­tives as well as Macmil­lan i ndi­rect and di­rect ser­vices in Dundee, while of­fer­ing a fan­tas­tic venue to pro­vide com­mu­nity vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble ser­vices are re­quired, par­tic­u­larly in more dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas, to en­sure eq­uity of ac­cess and im­proved take-up.

“There is also a need for rou­tine use of holis­tic needs assess­ment to con­nect peo­ple to the right sup­port and ser­vices for them.

‘‘This needs to be able to be ac­cessed within lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, us­ing the Dundee Macmil­lan im­prov­ing can­cer jour­ney (ICJ) team as the ve­hi­cle.”

A spokes­woman for can­cer char­i­uty Maggie’s said: “We are de­lighted peo­ple with can­cer in Dundee will have ac­cess to more help, es­pe­cially those from the Ardler area.

“We be­lieve a new Macmil­lan fa­cil­ity will per­fectly com­ple­ment the es­sen­tial sup­port and ex­pert ad­vice the peo­ple of Dundee and Tay­side al­ready find at the Maggie’s Cen­tre at Ninewells Hospi­tal.” Our

The cafe ad­join­ing the Ardler Com­plex is the pro­posed lo­ca­tion for a com­mu­nity can­cer cen­tre.

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