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Moray locals urged to help shape cancer charity's services

By Lorna Thompson

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A CANCER charity is asking the Moray public and clients for input into shaping future service provision.

CLAN Cancer Support, which has a presence in Elgin, Forres and Lossiemouth, is asking clients and local people at its north-east centres which services, groups and therapies they would most like to see.

Iona Mitchell, CLAN’s head of services, will hold an open session at Lossiemouth on February 6, between 2-4pm, at the Moray Coast Medical Practice, on Muirton Road, and at CLAN’s new Forres High Street base at The Lodge, between 1.30-3.30pm on February 7.

CLAN, which has been supporting people affected by cancer for more than 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 more than 60 staff, 50 therapists and counsellors, and more than 400 volunteers.

Ms Mitchell, who started out as a volunteer for CLAN, is responsible for services across all CLAN’s 13 centres which include counselling, social groups and relaxation classes.

Iona Mitchell, CLAN head of services.
Iona Mitchell, CLAN head of services.

She said: "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 local 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% 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."

CLAN Cancer Support provides comfort, support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. For more information visit www.clanhouse.org or call 01224 647000.

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