A pioneering new Information and support service for people affected by cancer has now been rolled out to 14 venues across Glasgow. Macmillan Cancer Support and Glasgow Libraries have teamed up to offer cancer information and support in local venues as part of a city-wide project to ensure everyone in the city can access cancer support in their community. This volunteer led service provides a confidential listening ear within a friendly and accessible environment, to not only anyone who has had a diagnosis, but also to their relatives, carers and friends. Along with this emotional support, the service also provides access to benefits and financial advice, complementary therapies, counselling and a menu of physical activity options. Partnership working is paramount to providing such a comprehensive service, with various different statutory and non-statutory organisations working together to support the population of Glasgow.
In the year since its official launch, Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries has had over 2,000 attendances, supporting over 1,000 different individuals in their local community. By the end of 2014, every library (33) across Glasgow, along with Scotstoun and Tollcross Leisure centres will have a Macmillan presence. To find out more, please feel free to give them a call on 0141 287 2906, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Services elsewhere in Scotland?
There are currently some library services in Renfrewshire, Ayrshire, and Argyle and Bute, with other areas also in talks. These areas just have the couple services, whilst Glasgow is developing a total of 35 across the next year or two.
The Macmillan helpline on 0808 808 00 00 would be able to tell anyone out with Glasgow where their nearest service is.
This article was originally published in the SCPN Newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 4.
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