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Clan launches after hours service

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Clan Cancer Support is extending its opening hours in Aberdeen to allow more people affected by a cancer diagnosis to access its services.

The leading north-east cancer support charity will open Clan House on Westburn Road in the city until 8pm on selected dates from Wednesday, January 11, with listening and support volunteers on hand to give practical and emotional support.

The charity is also extending the opening hours in its complementary therapy rooms once a month, allowing clients to access treatments including oncology massage, scar tissue massage and reiki until 8pm.

The operational change follows a successful trial period and it’s hoped the later opening times will make it easier for those looking to access support around work and other commitments.

Kay Johnston, head of cancer support services at Clan Cancer Support, said: “We’ve been conscious of a need to make our face-to-face services more flexible and accessible as we know it’s not always practical for people to come to Clan during the working day.

“While we have digital services available, we know that sometimes there is no substitute for in person support. These extended hours will allow our team to reach more people who could benefit from a listening ear or a therapeutic treatment to ease the emotional and physical side effects that can be associated with a cancer journey.”

Clan Cancer Support provides emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer across north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

Over the last 39 years Clan’s services have grown significantly to address the emotional and social impacts of cancer and include counselling, children and families support and nutrition, health and wellbeing advice. The charity also operates Clan Haven which offers bed and breakfast accommodation near Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, providing affordable accommodation with onsite support for those who travel from home to Aberdeen for treatment.

The charity supports more than 1,200 people every year across 13 community locations, using qualified and experienced counsellors and therapists and support volunteers to ensure its clients wellbeing needs are taken care of at all stages of their cancer journey.

Listening and support services at Clan House will be available until 8pm on Wednesday, January 11 and every fortnight thereafter. Complementary treatments will be available until 8pm on Wednesday, January 25 and every four weeks thereafter.

Clients are advised to check Clan’s website and official social media channels for up-to-date opening hours. Bookings are not required for listening and support services but are advised for treatments.

For more information, please contact enquiries@clancancersupport.org

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