For Volunteers Week 2016, iMultiply will be promoting a different charity each day to spread awareness of the great work and the positive impact the charity has made on lives and the wider community they work within. Our sixth charity in the series is Cancer Support Scotland.
Cancer Support Scotland are a charity that support cancer patients and their families through their cancer journey. They specialise in one – to – one support and offer services free of charge from their beautiful centre in the Gartnavel Hospital Grounds. They also have centres in Drumchapel, Dennistoun, Govan, Partick, Johnston, Royston, Parkhead, Castlemilk, Rothesay, Campbeltown and the city centre of Glasgow.
How did it all start?
Cancer Support Scotland, formerly called ‘Tak Tent’, was set up by leading oncologist Professor Sir Kenneth Calman in 1984 as he found that a lot of his patients wanted to meet and speak to other cancer patients who were going through similar experiences. He set up support groups in his living room and the charity has expanded from there. Now offering counselling and complementary therapies such as massage, reflexology and podiatry to help relieve tensions and pains that come with a cancer diagnosis.
Cancer Support Scotland currently offer services in the West of Scotland and are expanding to West Lothian and Edinburgh. Their expansion is very much dependant on funding though as they are completely self-funded, receiving no government funding, NHS funding or lottery funding. Therefore they rely solely on the generosity of individuals, trusts and companies to provide our services.
What do you look for in a volunteer?
They work with companies and offer a selection of volunteering opportunities to suit business needs and help boost staff morale, improve team bonding and also produce some positive PR. Whether you’ve got specific skills in complementary therapy, counselling or admin or whether you would just like to volunteer your time to help support their cause they would love to discuss the different ways that you can get involved.
Why should someone volunteer for you?
Everyday 82 people in Scotland are diagnosed with cancer so the demand for their service is increasing daily. In 2015 Cancer support Scotland saw a 40% increase in demand for their services so they are always looking for volunteers to help provide services, raise money and raise awareness of what they do. Volunteering for Cancer Support Scotland is extremely rewarding as the impact of the support they provide is so important to their users.
Cancer Support Scotland were extremely helpful and supportive to me during one of the most tragic and difficult times of my life. Absolutely excellent service and I can't say enough good things about my experiences here.’ Deborah, Glasgow West
They’re a friendly bunch and have a variety of fun volunteering opportunities that range from helping at one of their events, bucket collections, admin tasks or in their gorgeous sunny garden. Check out their website for current volunteering opportunities:
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