New chap­ter in can­cer sup­port for Oban

The Oban Times - - News - STEVEN RAE srae@oban­times.co.uk

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: macmil­lan@ar­gyll-bute.gov.uk

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