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Locals asked to participate in north-east cancer charity plans for Aberdeenshire

By David Porter

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A leading north-east charity is asking members of the public and clients for input into shaping their future service provision.

CLAN Cancer Support, which has a base at Burnside Court, West High Street, Inverurie, is visiting each of its north-east centres to talk to clients and local people to find out what services, groups and therapies people would most like to see.

Iona Mitchell, CLAN’s head of services
Iona Mitchell, CLAN’s head of services

Iona Mitchell, CLAN’s head of services, will hold an open session at CLAN Inverurie on Thursday, February 20 from 2pm-4pm to discuss the services provided by CLAN in Aberdeenshire, and to look at future plans for the charity in the area.

Iona is responsible for services across all the CLAN’s 13 centres which include counselling, social groups and relaxation classes.

She has been with CLAN for over six years, having started as volunteer.

CLAN, which has been supporting people affected by cancer for over 36 years, is a local charity which first started in Aberdeen and now also has a presence across Aberdeenshire, Moray and the Northern Isles.

The charity has over 60 staff, a further 50 therapists and counsellors and more than 400 volunteers.

She commented: “Providing cancer support services in the local community is at the heart of what CLAN stands for.

"I want to take time to visit each centre and talk to staff members, volunteers and clients to get feedback on our current services and hear ideas about what we can provide in the future.

“We have ambitious plans for improving our service provision, so it is important to include local people in the development of those plans.

"CLAN aims to provide practical and emotional support for anyone with any type of cancer and their friends and families.

“In 2019, we saw a 15 per cent increase in the number of people who came to us for drop-in support, and so it is important that we know which services are the most beneficial to clients and where our support can be enhanced.”

Iona will be at CLAN Inverurie, Unit C, Burnside Court, West High Street Inverurie on Thursday, February 20 from 2pm-4pm and all are welcome.

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, Buckie, Crimond, Elgin, Inverurie, Lossiemouth, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

For more information about CLAN Cancer Support, please visit www.clanhouse.org or call 01224 647000.

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