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New Cancer Support Service Opens in Dundee Library

New Cancer Support Service Opens in Dundee Library

People affected by cancer in Dundee now have access to much needed cancer information and support in libraries, following the opening of a new service in the city’s Central Library at the Wellgate Centre today.

Macmillan Cancer Support has invested around £200,000 and is working with Leisure & Culture Dundee to provide three new cancer information and support drop in services in Libraries across Dundee. The first to open is the service in Central Library.

The new Macmillan Cancer Information & Support service will be run by a group of highly trained volunteers who can provide emotional and practical advice, access to information materials on various types of cancer and its treatment, or simply a listening ear. As well as specialist cancer information and emotional support, the service can refer people onto other services, including benefits advice and help to get active.

Macmillan’s Head of Services in Scotland, Janice Preston said: “A cancer diagnosis brings with it all kinds of questions and uncertainty for patients, their families and friends. It affects every area of people’s lives and having access to information and emotional support at this stressful time is vital. Being able to access services locally is also important, working with Leisure & Culture Dundee is allowing us to deliver this and without partnerships like this we wouldn’t be able to provide this much needed support to people affected by cancer locally.

“It is also thanks to the hard work and dedication of our supporters in Dundee who raise so much money for us that we are able to introduce such vital services and we’re incredibly grateful for their continued support.“

Judy Dobbie, Head of Library and Information Services at Leisure & Culture Dundee said: "Most of us will be affected by cancer at some point in our lives in one way or another, so it’s important that this service is available to help anyone when they need it most. Our Libraries continue to be at the heart of our communities and we are delighted to be working with Macmillan on this new service where everyone can access it. Libraries are always welcoming to everyone and are one of the best places to find information so in many ways we are the ideal venue to provide this cancer support service."

The new service is free of charge and available to anyone affected by cancer. To find out more call 01382 431 530 or email macmillan.library@leisureandculturedundee.com