New drop-in can­cer cen­tre opens in Oban

The Oban Times - - News -

AN IN­FOR­MA­TION cen­tre that will help peo­ple cope with the ef­fects of can­cer was launched on Mon­day.

Ar­gyll and Bute MSP Michael Rus­sell and Provost Len Scoullar of­fi­cially opened the Macmil­lan can­cer in­for­ma­tion and sup­port ser­vice within Oban Li­brary.

The fa­cil­ity will be open when­ever the li­brary is and is stocked with books, au­dio books, e-books, DVDs, leaflets and a space for peo­ple to sit and re­lax.

Ev­ery Wed­nes­day from 2.15pm to 4.15pm peo­ple who are suf­fer­ing from can­cer, as well as fam­ily, friends and car­ers of peo­ple with the dis­ease, can drop in and chat to a sup­port worker who will be on hand to of­fer emo­tional sup­port and in­for­ma­tion.

Be­fore cut­ting the open­ing rib­bon, Mr Rus­sell spoke of the im­por­tance of be­ing able to get ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion about the dis­ease.

He said: ‘Can­cer is an area that peo­ple think they can look up on the in­ter­net, but of­ten they get wor­ried and con­fused.

‘This is a great place for peo­ple as [ you can talk to some­one face to face] – you can’t have a con­ver­sa­tion with a com­puter.

‘This is the type of project that works with lo­cal peo­ple and we should be very grate­ful to Macmil­lan.’

As well as the pub­lic area dec­o­rated by photographs do­nated by Oban Pho­tog­ra­phy Club, there is a pri­vate room for one-on-one sup­port.

Macmil­lan can­cer in­for­ma­tion and sup­port ser- vice man­ager Deirdre Hen­der­son added: ‘We are not here to di­ag­nose peo­ple, we are here to of­fer emo­tional sup­port and for a chat.

‘It’s im­por­tant for peo­ple to un­der­stand that there is an area peo­ple can use. For some, they might come in with some­thing that they strug­gled with a while back when they were car­ing and they want to talk about their feel- ings. We help with a wide range of things. Our in­for­ma­tion goes through all the usual things and also helps with the money side of it, look­ing af­ter peo­ple and be­reave­ment.’

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From left to right: Deirdre Hen­der­son, Michael Rus­sell, Elaine Hamil­ton from Macmil­lan and Len Scoullar.

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