Cancer Support Scotland

Supporting you from head to toe

We deliver high-quality counselling, complementary therapy, befriending and stress management services to promote mental and physical wellbeing and to enable those affected by cancer to continue to live the most active life possible in their community.

Self Help For Your Wellbeing

As Scotland’s cancer charity, we have been the wellbeing champions for those affected by cancer for over 40 years – not only for those diagnosed, but their loved ones and carers too.

To ensure you continue to receive support from our highly experienced wellbeing team, we have created a range of audio, video and guides which will support your wellbeing.

Our digital tools cover: relaxation, breathing, managing stress, dealing with germaphobia, sleeplessness and how to manage relationships during your cancer journey.

Our Befriending team are ‘Here for You’

Our free ‘Here for You’ befriending service provides people affected by cancer with regular contact with one of our highly skilled volunteers who will provide a friendly listening ear. The aim of our telephone befriending is to reduce feelings of social isolation and loneliness, giving you someone out with your family and friends to speak openly with.

Our Befrienders can call weekly, fortnightly or monthly giving you the time and space to talk about your feelings. They can also help signpost to other wellbeing services Cancer Support Scotland provide including free counselling and Stress Management workshops. Our Befrienders will also help you to access any other additional cancer related support services.

This service is available free to anyone affected by cancer in Scotland over the age of 18 including carers and family members.

How our befriending service works;

  • Fill in the referral form below or call 0800 652 4531.
  • We’ll get in touch to find out what support you need.
  • We’ll allocate you to a wonderful Befriender.
  • You’ll get a regular call from your Befriender at a time that suits.

Free Counselling

Talking openly about cancer is difficult, but whether it’s the fear of being a burden, facing the unknown, or simply finding the right words, our aim is to make it easier. Through our counselling service, you and your loved ones will have the support of a counsellor to identify the things that are concerning you most, reflect on your experiences, and lead the direction of your own sessions.

For most people, cancer will remain part of their lives indefinitely, and we don’t expect you to leave us with no concerns at all. Our focus is on using counselling to empower you and those close to you with the tools to cope effectively and to manage your individual and shared wellbeing in the long-term.

Our counselling service is available for anyone affected by cancer, whether you have been diagnosed, are a caregiver, or a loved one – including those who have already lost someone. Our counselling sessions can cover a wide range of issues, such as anxiety, bereavement, relationship concerns and facing change.

All of our counsellors are qualified through courses accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychology. They are experienced in working with those directly and indirectly affected by cancer, they understand challenges that can be faced, and they are committed to helping you overcome them.

If you’re interested in booking a counselling session at any of our locations or to find out more information, please fill in the form on our website or call us on 0800 652 4531 and someone will be happy to help.

Self-Management of Stress

For all those affected by cancer aged 16 or over; whether diagnosed at some point in your life, or the family or friend of someone who has been diagnosed; learning how to deal with the many challenges it brings can be incredibly important.

Stress is a natural feeling of not being able to cope with specific demands and events, however it can at times feel overwhelming & increase feelings of anxiety, sadness, fear, anger, and frustration which is why it is important to acknowledge stress and take positive steps to reduce it where possible.

Our stress management workshops called Coping with Change are run for one hour per week over 5 weeks in a group setting, in the local Glasgow community, at the Calman Centre or digitally. They have been created to give you the opportunity to learn & try out techniques for understanding & reducing anxiety and stress levels.

Our wellbeing facilitators, Debra & Natalie, will help you learn how to:

  • Understand how stress affects you as an individual
  • Try out different relaxation techniques to see which works best for you
  • Explore a variety of coping strategies to deal with stress
  • Build on your resilience by identifying and recognising your strengths
  • Develop and maintain a more resilient & positive mindset
  • Understand the importance of social support and how to connect with others

Techniques can be applied beyond your immediate cancer experience & are useful in all aspects of life as we offer a wide variety of techniques and tools aimed at helping you regain some control of your stress levels to enable you to have a more balanced life; allowing more time and space for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun, ultimately enabling you to feel more resilient to life’s challenges.

To find out more about our stress management course, please contact Cancer Support Scotland on 0800 652 4531.

Complementary Therapy

Following a diagnosis and during cancer treatment, for you and your loved ones, life often becomes much more stressful – both mentally and physically. Our complementary therapies are designed to help relieve your pain and relax your mind, with benefits that go far beyond an hour of calm during a chaotic time.

Our complementary therapy team will support you in creating your own flexible treatment plan, by listening to what you hope to gain from each session. Plans consist of up to 6 sessions for those diagnosed while unpaid carers can benefit from up to 2 sessions.

All of our therapists are highly qualified to work with people who have received, or are receiving, cancer treatment. We want you to feel confident that your therapist is specifically trained to adjust treatments in line with your medical history and clinical care plan. This includes alleviating pain and discomfort of surgical scar tissue or other treatment side effects – as well as providing relief from the emotional and physical symptoms of stress, anxiety and loneliness.

Perhaps most importantly, we provide complementary therapies to ensure that you and your loved ones know you are deserving of such care and support. Our therapists will continue to work with you and help ensure you can care for your physical and emotional wellbeing after the sessions have ended. They put you first, so you can learn it’s ok to do the same.

If you’re interested in booking a complementary therapy or to find out more information, please fill in the form on our website or call us on 0800 652 4531 and someone will be happy to help.

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