The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service is a pilot, non clinical service based in Campbeltown and Rothesay Libraries. Quality information on all aspects of support for someone affected by cancer is available in one place and volunteers are carefully selected and trained to offer emotional support, to guide people to the most helpful information, and to signpost people to specialist services at weekly drop-ins. The service can also support people with other long term health conditions. Signposting to specialist services might include financial help, exercise programs, social groups, counselling, complementary therapy, or specialist healthcare services. All support is free and given over a friendly cup of tea.
Campbeltown Library Drop-in: Thursdays 11am to 3pm
Rothesay Library Drop-in: Tuesdays 11am – 1pm, 2pm – 3.30pm
We can help managers and staff by:
- Supporting managers who are supporting people affected by cancer and other long term health issues. Online cancer workplace information can be found here: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinformation/Livingwithandaftercancer/Workandcancer/Supportformanagers/ManagersandEmployers.aspx and we can send information directly to the managers and staff.
- Provide support that will reduce the stress on people affected by cancer and other long term health condition. This might be the person diagnosed, family, friends or co-workers.
- Enable staff to have access to quality information and encouragement to lead healthier lives.
- Raise awareness and normalise the discussions around cancer in workplaces to encourage earlier diagnosis and reduce isolation.
Managers and staff can help us by:
- Signposting people to the support and information offered.
- Host promotional materials and invite us to team meetings / training.
- Give us feedback from people who have used our service, good or bad.
It is anticipated that the library based services will be rolled out across the whole of Argyll and Bute in the next few years. For managers and staff closer to Glasgow, presently there are similar services in the Beatson Hospital, Ayrshire libraries, Glasgow libraries and Renfrew libraries. More information and resources can be found at the main Macmillan website www.macmillan.org.uk . In addition, there is a free Macmillan helpline 0800 808 00 00 open Mon – Fri 9am to 8pm which is staffed by Macmillan Nurses and Financial Experts. Information on cancer can also be found at http://www.nhsinform.co.uk/Cancer/TIPS .