The Hope Cancer support centre provides a range of services free of charge to people with a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones including: Nurse led drop in service, Counselling and psychotherapy, massage and reflexology, meditation, art workshops and yoga. We also run groups for men with a cancer diagnosis, women with a cancer diagnosis, Prostrate Cancer group, Lymph oedema group and Bereavement group. We also run a number of Irish Cancer Society programmes at the centre including a prostate cancer programme and the strides for life fitness programme.
Prosthetists, Wig and Bra fitting services can also be accessed by appointment through the centre. All services are provided to clients free of charge. It cost €411,104 in 2015 to run the Centre.
In 2016, Hope introduced a CLIMB programme for children aged 5-12 who are experiencing the impact of a cancer diagnosis of the child’s parent, brother or sister, member of extended family or other significant adult. Throughout the programme the children develop an understanding of cancer and from the understanding the myths and fears that children can hold about cancer are dispelled. the groups are creative, using drama, arts and play. they are also based on having fun together and meeting new friends. CLIMB stands for Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery.
A transport service for clients undergoing radiotherapy treatment was piloted in 2016, and this service will be fully implemented in 2017.
The Lymphoedema service would not be possible without the funds raised through Hope and Dream. Between 2013 and 2016 we have provided 1,658 Lymphoedama sessions. Almost 100% of referrals during that time were from County Wexford, so the funds are used locally.
In the coming year Hope are exploring the introduction of an outreach service in Wexford Town and Gorey and the money raised will also fund the ever growing demand for the Lymphoedema service and the new transport Children’s support services.
One of the greatest benefits of receiving this annual amount of money is that it provides us with a financial “safety net” and for this we are most grateful.