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CLAN Cancer Support takes on new children and family services practitioner for Moray

By Lorna Thompson

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CLAN Cancer Support has created a new role in Moray to support children and young people affected by a cancer diagnosis.

The charity has hired Becky Collie as its new children and family services practitioner based at its Elgin centre to cover the Moray area.

Becky will offer a dedicated service for children and young people, as well as their families.

Becky said: "I am looking forward to being involved in the vital support for children and young people in the Moray area and helping to develop what the service offers to families that require support through a cancer diagnosis.

"My background is in education, and I have worked with children and families for all of my working life.

"I really want to use my skills in that field to help people cope with the challenges that life throws at them.

"The work that CLAN does throughout the community and everything that CLAN stands for is fantastic and I feel honoured to be a part of it."

Becky Collie, CLAN's new children and family services practitioner for Moray.
Becky Collie, CLAN's new children and family services practitioner for Moray.

Tracy Sellar, CLAN’s area services manager, said: "We’re delighted to welcome Becky to the team and have a dedicated children and family services practitioner to help provide the vital support that families and young people need in the area.

"We are working hard to continue to provide our services throughout the community and to have Becky join the team is an integral way for CLAN to expand and be able to further provide support to those that require it.

"Through Becky’s experience, we aim to provide information, listen to the individual, and allow children and young people to explore their difficult feelings in a safe and secure environment."

CLAN offers family support, individual work, pre and post bereavement work, as well as advice to professionals, talks and presentations about the service and group work opportunities for children and teens. It also uses a range of therapeutic methods to engage children and young people, through craft, art, books, music, play, guided imagery, life story and memory work.

Clients can make an appointment or are welcome to drop into the local centres to find out more.

For more information about the children and family support service, contact Tina O'Boyle on 01224 647000 or email Tina.OBoyle@clancancersupport.org.

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