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CLAN expands children & family services in Elgin & Inverurie

CLAN Cancer Support is to expand its children and family services in Elgin and Inverurie by making a team member available for appointments in each area on a regular basis.

CLAN’s children and family support team has been providing support to children, young people and their families within the Moray and Inverurie areas through a number of methods including visits, teleconferencing and text. The charity will now also provide a dedicated service that will see a team member available for appointments in each town on a fortnightly basis. Clients can either arrange a meeting in advance or simply drop-in to find our how CLAN can help them and their young ones.

In Elgin, starting on Wednesday, February 5, a team member will be present at the charity’s base at 227 High Street every two weeks.

In Inverurie, starting on Thursday, February 6, a team member will be present at the ACORN Centre, Inverurie West Parish Church on the town’s West High Street every two weeks.

The children and family’s service provide information and give children and young people the chance to explore their feelings in a safe and secure environment. All members of the team are trained to undertake loss and bereavement counselling.

Iona Mitchell, CLAN’s children and family services manager, said: “A cancer diagnosis can have a profound effect on children and young people and it’s often difficult for youngsters to open up and share their thoughts and fears with other family members.

“We’ve been providing support to children and young people in Elgin and Inverurie through a number of different methods, however we have now expanded that support to ensure that there will be a member of the team present within each town every two weeks. People are encouraged to drop-in to hear more about how we can help.

“Our experienced children and family’s team provide an ear for children, young people and adults to talk too and allows them the opportunity to explore what are often difficult feelings in a trusting and understanding setting. We’re here to help in any way that we can.”

To make an appointment in Elgin, please contact CLAN’s Iona Mitchell on 01224 51033 or 07720 737504. To make an appointment for Inverurie, please contact CLAN’s Lisa Maxwell on 01224 651020 or 07720 737499 or Iona Mitchell on 01224 651033. Home and school visits can also be arranged in both areas.

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, Elgin, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

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

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