Chai in de­mand

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

CHAI CAN­CER Care’s satel­lite ser­vice in Manch­ester is re­port­ing an over­whelm­ing up­take of its ther­apy and coun­selling ser­vices. The fa­cil­ity in Heathlands Vil­lage has seen client num­bers swell in just six months to match de­mand for the char­ity’s Red­bridge satel­lite, which opened over two years ago.

Vis­it­ing the Manch­ester ser­vice this week, Chai chief ex­ec­u­tive Elaine Kerr said calls were be­ing re­ceived from Liver­pool and Leeds.

“We had 90 new clients within the first 10 weeks. One of the rea­sons for the growth is that 30 per cent of peo­ple are seen in their homes,” Ms Kerr re­ported.

Chai has ex­panded its Manch­ester staff to in­clude a full-time ser­vice man­ager.

It also in­tends to ex­tend its ther­a­pies to in­clude acupunc­ture, to re­duce the side-ef­fects of chemo­ther­apy. It is to be­gin train­ing ad­vo­cacy staff to help clients gain their NHS care en­ti­tle­ments.

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