Arran Cancer Support Trust - ArCaS

Support service helping people living with cancer. It provides services such as transport, ferry travel warrants, counselling, wellbeing support and a support nurse. For more information, please visit the website.

Arran Cancer Support, known as ArCaS, is a voluntary organisation which provides free and confidential services to patients.

ArCaS was founded in 1989 to support patients and carers on Arran who were struggling with the challenges of cancer.

It was the direct result of the experience of cancer patients who during their illness felt the need to turn to someone for information on transport and nursing needs. Undergoing cancer treatment is a significant challenge in itself but patients on Arran have to factor in journeys to and from hospitals on the mainland using a ferry service often affected by weather and reliability issues.


It is not easy to reach mainland hospitals from Arran, especially if you are worried, tired or feeling unwell. Our drivers will meet you at Ardrossan, take you in a comfortable car to the hospital where you have your appointment, wait there or come back for you, and take you back to the ferry. Transport can also be arranged on Arran to and from the ferry terminal.


Are you self employed, a seasonal worker, or just worried about the cost of ferry travel for hospital appointments especially for a sustained course of treatment? Ferry Travel Warrants can be collected from Doctor's surgeries for patients travelling to a cancer related appointment and for a companion. There is no age limit on this facility and no need to present a Ferry Pass. The Warrant is exchanged for a ferry ticket at the Calmac office. This service, as with all ArCaS services, is free and confidential.


A counselling service arranged through ArCaS is also available to help you manage your condition.


We know that undergoing treatment for cancer can be very disruptive for the patient and their family. ArCaS can support you after your conventional treatment has ended by linking you into a network of therapists on Arran who offer wellbeing support services including reflexology, Reika and aromatherapy amongst others. It's also possible to arrange manicure and pedicure services.


This part-time role within the NHS, which is funded by ArCaS, has been set up in order to try and improve the experience for people on Arran – that is those with cancer and/or those who are affected by Cancer. We are aware that everyone is different and would like you to know that Kate is available to help answer any queries or help with any arrangements, should you wish.

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