Can­cer sup­port ser­vice ready to open

The Oban Times - - News -

A NEW Macmil­lan Can­cer in­for­ma­tion and sup­port ser­vice in Oban Li­brary will be of­fi­cially opened by Provost Len Scoullar and Bren­dan O’Hara MP on Mon­day June 20.

The ser­vice has been de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, NHS High­land and Ar­gyll and Bute Third Sec­tor In­ter­face to pro­vide much-needed sup­port for peo­ple liv­ing with can­cer, their fam­i­lies and car­ers.

A team of spe­cially trained vol­un­teers run the ser­vice and of­fer one-to- one emo­tional sup­port, guid­ance with in­for­ma­tion ma­te­ri­als on var­i­ous as­pects of can­cer and its treat- ment or sim­ply a lis­ten­ing ear over a cup of tea.

They can also point peo­ple in the right di­rec­tion for other spe­cial­ist ser­vices such as fi­nan­cial ad­vice, walk­ing groups and lo­cal sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions. There is a ded­i­cated drop-in area as well as pri­vate rooms. The drop-in runs on Wed­nes­days from 2.15pm to 4.15pm in the li­brary.

El­speth Atkin­son, di­rec­tor of Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port in Scot­land, said: ‘It is thanks to the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of our sup­port­ers in Ar­gyll and Bute who raise so much money for us that we are able to estab­lish such a vi­tal ser­vice. Macmil­lan be­lieves that no- one should face can­cer alone and the con­tin­ued sup­port from peo­ple lo­cally will help us to en­sure that no one does.’

Provost Scoullar added: ‘ Ev­ery­one who is part of a com­mu­nity can play a part in sup­port­ing and de­vel­op­ing that com­mu­nity. We recog­nise the need to sup­port peo­ple through times of ill health and in set­ting up this in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tive, we are pro­vid­ing a com­fort­able, wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment for com­mu­nity vol­un­teers to meet peo­ple liv­ing with or af­fected by can­cer.’

Christina West, chief of­fi­cer for Ar­gyll and Bute Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship, said: ‘This is an in­valu­able ser­vice to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and I am de­lighted it is pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and sup­port to our pa­tients, their fam­i­lies, car­ers and friends.’

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