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CLAN welcomes feedback as it develops services in Shetland

A leading north-east cancer support charity has welcomed the feedback it received from a recent community forum in Shetland as it looks to further develop its free support services on the island.

CLAN Cancer Support held two open sessions within the Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick in August, giving attendees the chance to share their views on how they think the charity can best support the community, as well as how it can complement health and social care services on the island.

The forum has helped instigate a number of responses and ideas which will now be used by the charity to shape its plans for the development and introduction of new services on the island.

As part of the developments, CLAN has announced a number of new, monthly groups for those affected by cancer in Shetland.

A crafter’s group is to be held on the first Saturday of each month, beginning October, 4, alongside an eat well workshop which is to be held on the second Friday of every month, with the next taking place on October, 10. A new coffee morning on the first Friday of the month, beginning October 3, is also part of the plans.

The charity’s already established north and south mainland ‘Peerie Blether’ support groups will continue to run, offering friendship and support to anyone living with cancer, their family members, carers and close friends.

Currently, the charity operates a wellbeing centre on Commercial Road in Lerwick which is open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 2pm.

Lucy Whiteman, CLAN’s services manager, said: “I’d like to thank those who attended our forum in August and for their views and opinions on how CLAN can best support people in Shetland.

“We’re now in the process of taking on the feedback and ideas raised at the meetings and we’ll be announcing developments to our existing and new services on the island in due course.

“Our wellbeing centre continues to operate within Lerwick and our range of growing monthly groups will provide a chance for those affected by cancer to come forward and find out how CLAN may be able to help.

“At the heart of our work in Shetland is undoubtedly the people and we’re delighted to be using their feedback to shape our activities so we’re best placed to meet their needs.”

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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