Cancer support project comes to libraries

A new service for people affected by cancer and their families and carers will be piloted in local libraries.

Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, the project will start in September, in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council, NHS Highland and Argyll Voluntary Action.

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service will be established at Campbeltown and Rothesay libraries in the first two years, with a view to rolling it out to all the libraries in the council’s area.

The project is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and is also supported by a wider partnership of agencies to provide specialist skills.

It is an additional service which aims to complement the work of medical staff by providing someone to talk to for people affected by cancer, whether that is the person who has been diagnosed with the disease, or their family and friends.

Volunteers will provide drop-in ‘listening ear’ sessions in the libraries, with  Macmillan leaflets available, plus guided support to online resources and further specialist support.

Elspeth Atkinson, director of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “This fantastic new service will mean that people affected by cancer in Argyll and Bute will be able to get the information and support they need from trained cancer specialists, right on their doorstep.

“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.”

Lead councillor for community, culture and strategic sousing George Freeman said: “If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you will want all the information you can find and a chance to talk about it.

“The local library is a familiar place for most people, which should make the service easy to find and use. Sometimes friends, colleagues and close family members can also find themselves struggling to know how to cope, and this new service is for them too.”

To find out more, or if you are interested in volunteering, contact Deirdre Henderson or Chris Holden on 01586 555932.  More information can also be found at the website here.