Thursday 20th June 2013
A pioneering service that gives valuable emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.
The West Dunbartonshire Macmillan Carers Service was the first of its kind in Scotland to provide assistance by offering support from a team of paid carers and volunteers.
Macmillan Development Manager Trisha Daniel says, ‘We have seen the difference this service has made in West Dunbartonshire and hope more people will volunteer, so we can provide even more support in the local area.’
The service is run by Macmillan and the West Dunbartonshire Community Health Care Partnership, which brings together West Dunbartonshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The service is there for anyone affected by cancer in West Dunbartonshire and offers a range of support that is tailored to people’s needs. This can include help with shopping, assistance with appointments and other support that gives people a break from some of the difficulties that having cancer may bring.
Barbara Meyers, who is recovering from breast cancer and who receives support from the service says, ‘The service helped me get out of my cancer “hibernation”. I feel as though I have been cocooned by it. It was hard getting out my cancer cave but the service has helped me get out and get on with my life.’
To find out more or to volunteer, call the service on 01389 608010.