New chapter in cancer support for Oban
A WEEKLY service is to be set up by MacMillan Cancer Support for people in Oban who are affected by the disease.
The charity is to hold confidential, non- clinical drop-in sessions on Wednesdays from November this year at Oban library.
Users of the library were asked on August 5 what kind of seating, furnishings and lighting they would like to see in the area as part of a public consultation exercise.
Deirdre Henderson, service manager with the charity in Argyll and Bute, explained: ‘ We get a lot of people using the service, from holidaymakers, families of people getting treatment, and others looking for general information.
‘We provide emotional support and information about the conditions.
‘Our work here is about getting good quality information to people, rather than them going online and reading horror stories about cancer.
‘We are asking people what the service here should do, and what we can provide within our budget, hence the public consultation.
‘ We’ll use the money available so people feel comfortable, but will also bear in mind the area is used the rest of the time by other library users.’
Sue Nicholson, who is library supervisor, said: ‘It’s a nice light area, with artwork by local artist, Anna Twigg.
‘It’s a popular part of the library for people as it’s quiet and has WiFi, so people feel comfortable here.’
NOVEL IDEA: Library supervisor Sue Nicholson, left, with Deirdre Henderson of MacMillan Cancer Support
Deirdre added that while the open area will put many people wanting to chat at ease, a reading room in the library is always available for those wanting a private, one-to- one discussion.
Anyone who needs further information, support, or would like to volunteer with MacMillan Cancer Support in Argyll and Bute, is asked to telephone 01586 555 932 or email: email@example.com