17 December 2009
A celebration event to thank the dedicated volunteers of a Macmillan information service for people affected by cancer was held in Renfrew this week.
The volunteers have been involved in helping to run the Renfrew Library Cancer Information and Support Service. The service, which first opened four years ago, offers anyone affected by cancer access to good quality information and support.
The service is a partnership between charity Macmillan Cancer Support, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership and Renfrewshire Council.
Service manager Susanne Gray said:
'A cancer diagnosis brings with it all kinds of questions and uncertainties. Being able to find the right information is vital at this stressful time, which is why we are here to welcome visitors, to listen to their concerns and to answer their questions.
'We would not be able to run this service without the dedication and enthusiasm of these volunteers, which is why we wanted to hold this event to thank them for their efforts.'
Since the service launched in September 2005, its staff and volunteers have had around 1000 enquiries. It is one of ten information services that have now been launched by Macmillan in Scotland, both in hospital and community settings.
Elspeth Atkinson, Macmillan’s director for Scotland, said:
'Volunteers are very much at the heart of everything we do.
'By dedicating their time, skills and energy, our volunteers make a real difference to people affected by cancer. In Renfrew, their efforts are to be congratulated.'
Councillor Eileen McCartin, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care policy board, added:
'Sadly most people's lives will be affected by cancer at some point, whether it’s directly or through a friend or relative.
'When that happens, it is so important that there are people who we can turn to for support and information. This is a really valuable service, which could not operate without the commitment of these volunteers and I’d like to thank them for their hard work.'
Susanne Gray is looking to recruit and train new volunteers for the service in the new year. To find out more about volunteering or about the Renfrew Library Cancer Information and Support Service, contact service manager Susanne Gray on 01505 320278.