Cancer service to be rolled out across Argyll and Bute

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service operates out of Rothesay Library.
Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service operates out of Rothesay Library.

Following on from the success of the Bute-based Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service, the scheme is now due to be rolled out across Argyll and Bute.

The non-clinical service, which provides advice and support for anyone affected by cancer, was launched last year and is run by staff and volunteers offering drop-in sessions from its base in Rothesay Library.

Developed by Macmillan Cancer Support in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council, NHS Highland and Argyll Voluntary Action, the success of the service which was also piloted in Campbeltown means it is now going to be rolled out across the rest of the authority.

Macmillan Cancer Support has also pledged to invest a further £300,000 in the project following an evaluation of the services.

The evaluation found that people particularly liked the fact that the service was not in a medical setting and in a community space which makes it very accessible and more relaxed and friendly. The evaluation also found that the information and emotional support provided resulted in reduced anxiety and stress and people using the service really valued the support from volunteers who run the service as they have personal experience of cancer.

Elspeth Atkinson, director for Macmillan Cancer Support in Scotland, said: “Cancer will be the toughest fight many people will face and it is important that those affected by cancer in Argyll and Bute have access to the support they need.

“We’ve seen the difference that the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support services in Campbeltown and Rothesay Libraries has already made to people in the area and are delighted to now be able to help expand this vital service.”