Leading cancer charity call on the Moray ‘Clan’ for help

CLAN – issue appeal for more volunteers

MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE being sought to help a leading cancer charity continue its work in Moray.

CLAN Cancer Support has issued an appeal for people to come forward and help them in providing free services to anyone affected by cancer.

The charity has been in operation for over 30 years and currently enlists the help of over 400 volunteers across the north and north-east of Scotland, giving in excess of 40,000 hours of support to the charity per year.

Now CLAN is appealing for individuals who have a passion for working with people in a supportive, practical and empathetic way as it looks to increase its pool of volunteers within the region.

Support volunteers help a wide range of people affected by cancer, including clients, carers and other family members, by offering a listening ear or by working alongside them to address support or wellbeing concerns.

They also have an important role to play in helping signpost them to other services provided by the charity.

Lucy Whiteman, CLAN’s services manager, said: “CLAN’s support volunteers are such a massive part of the charity and we’re looking to add to our pool within Elgin and the surrounding area as we look to increase the services we provide in the area.

“Volunteers may have relevant life experience and can demonstrate skills in supporting people affected by illness, either personally or professionally or you may be undergoing a career change, studying, have experience in coaching, health, counselling, arts or group work. People who possess any of these attributes are perfect for volunteering and we’d be delighted to speak to you a bit more on how you could get involved.

“Ideally, we’re looking for people who could potentially provide a minimum commitment of six months which could be broken down to a few hours every week or second week.

“The opportunities really are perfect for those looking to meet new people alongside helping CLAN continue to provide free cancer support services across the area.”

CLAN offers support and information five days a week at its support and wellbeing centre, 227 High Street, Elgin. It also currently provides an information and support service every Thursday in Lossiemouth from 1pm to 4pm at Moray Coast Medical Practice.

Those interested in discussing a potential support volunteer role in more detail are being asked to contact CLAN’s Moray area co-ordinator Tracy Sellar on 01343 544132 or email tracy.sellar@clanhouse.org.

For further information about CLAN Cancer Support please call (01224) 647 000 or visit www.clanhouse.org.