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Irish Cancer Society looking for volunteers in Louth for its Survivor Support programme

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Donard McCabe

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Donard McCabe

Irish Cancer Society looking for volunteers in Louth for its Survivor Support programme

Irish Cancer Society looking for volunteers in Louth for its Survivor Support programme

The Irish Cancer Society is looking for new volunteers in Louth, for its Survivor Support programme. Survivor Support is a phone based, one to one peer support programme where volunteers, who have had cancer, provide emotional and practical support to others going through cancer.

Speaking about the programme Deirdre Murphy, Survivor Support and Volunteer Coordinator with the Irish Cancer Society said:

“Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the most difficult things that a person can go through. Our Survivor Support programme is really important to us because it means that newly diagnosed patients have someone to talk to about the emotional, physical and practical impact of their diagnosis.

“Having someone that knows what getting that news is like is so valuable, and it means that patients who are facing a possible diagnosis, or starting treatment, have someone to share their worries or anxieties with. And most importantly, it reassures them that they are not alone.

“I would encourage anyone who, who has been through cancer, and who would like to help others, to get in touch about the programme,” Murphy concluded.

Volunteers are selected and trained to give support, practical information and reassurance when cancer patients need it most. Through the Survivor Support programme, volunteers speak to cancer patients to:

  • Help them come to terms with their diagnosis of cancer
  • Discuss their feelings and anxieties about cancer treatments
  • Give emotional support and practical advice

If you have had cancer, and would like to know more, please contact Deirdre Murphy, Survivor Support and Volunteer Coordinator on 01 2310 564 or email dmurphy@irishcancer.ie