A leading north-east cancer charity is holding a volunteer information evening to attract additional volunteers to support its latest centre.
CLAN Cancer Support opened its new cancer wellbeing and support centre within the Crimond Medical and Community Hub in early March and has already seen an increase in demand for its services.
The charity now plans to roll-out an increased range of support services, which are provided free of charge for anyone affected by cancer, and is hoping to strengthen its team of volunteers to do this.
The volunteer information evening will be held within CLAN base on 12th April between 7pm and 9pm and will give anyone interested in volunteering the opportunity to find out more about the charity, its work in the Peterhead and Fraserburgh areas as well as how volunteering can make a real difference to local communities.
Angie Howarth, CLAN Cancer Support’s Area Coordinator, said: “We are so proud of the base that CLAN has created within the Crimond Medical & Health Club and the feedback we have received from clients since opening has been extremely positive.
“We are committed to expanding the services that anyone affected by cancer can access in north Aberdeenshire and see Crimond as a key part of this. However we cannot do this alone.
“CLAN relies on a diverse and dedicated team of volunteers who, with our support, provide the CLAN welcome for clients visiting our wellbeing centres and outreach facilities, support fundraising and awareness events and help to spread the word about the fantastic work that CLAN carries out in the heart of communities.
“Roles are varied and can be tailored to suit individual skills, interests and time commitments. I would urge anyone who has thought about volunteering before or anyone who is looking for a new challenge to come along to our evening, meet the team and find out more about CLAN and our volunteers.”
Volunteering roles are available to support CLAN’s Crimond facility along with the charities outreach facilities within libraries in Fraserburgh and Peterhead.
CLAN Crimond, which is currently open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 10am to 4pm, has a large drop-in area where CLAN staff and volunteers will offer support and information without the need for appointment, along with three separate rooms which will provide space for one-to-one support.
This will include one-to-one counselling, dedicated support for children, teenagers and families, a library and information service and complementary therapies aimed at pain and stress relief. Cancer related support groups will also be developed, along with a number of wellbeing activities.
The charity’s outreach services continue to run in both Fraserburgh and Peterhead in the town’s library buildings. Fraserburgh’s service will be available each Monday from 10am to 1pm and Peterhead’s will be held each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm.
CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness.
Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Elgin, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Lossiemouth, Peterhead, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick.
The Crimond Medical and Community Hub opened in 2017. Formed by Score Group plc, the Crimond Charitable Trust was formed to design, build and operate a new facility for the benefit of the community. In addition to the medical facilities, the building houses a number of community amenities such as a community café, fitness suite and community rooms.
For more information about CLAN Cancer Support and its range of services, please call 01224 647000 or visit: www.clanhouse.org