The Roscommon Cancer Support Centre is located at Abbey Street Roscommon.

It was established in June 2013 and is affiliated to the Irish Cancer Society. By participating in the affiliation process we are part of the National Network of groups who provide information and support services to people with cancer. Our aim to provide a range of support services to individuals undergoing their cancer journey.

Our vision is to provide support that will enhance recovery from cancer for individuals and for their families. We provide an ongoing range of complementary services which are available by appointment basis.

Referrals for this service come from a number of sources. These can be self­ referral, GP’s, Hospital consultants, clinics, Irish Cancer Society and community based nurses as well as other relevant organisations in our community. At the moment we have 40 people on our books.

Counselling services within the community setting are evidenced to improve the recovery process when we are in a time of crisis, such as getting seriously ill, we face many anxiety inducing challenges. We may be worried and stressed buy our illness, encouraging the wordy and stress of our family, or be faced with the financial burden of being ill.

It is our policy for all new clients to be met initially by family Therapist at Vita House, discuss their needs and inform it can of the full range of counselling services available. We also provide Bereavement counselling as we recognise its importance for families when they experience loss.

We offer clients and their families a programme of eight complementary therapy sessions. The 8 sessions are free of charge. GP or Oncologist consent is required. Confidentiality assured.

‘Help us help people living with cancer’

Like many non for profit organisations we are finding it difficult for financial reasons to continue our level of service, consequently fund raising is increasing important.Any donations or event suggestions would be much appreciated.

Therapies at Roscommon Cancer Support

Mondays and Tuesdays

Massage– Can help reduce stress, anxiety and pain in people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Each session is adapted to the individual
Reflexology– Can help give relief to cancer related symptoms such as anxiety, pain, nausea and lethargy. Reflexology involves applying pressure to points on the feet which correspond to various parts of the body.
Indian Head– Ideal for relief of head,shoulder or neck issues.
Facials– A facial is a therapy and massage that leaves your skin cleaner, softer, younger, and truly transformed. Ziaja Goat’s Milk products are used.

Wednesday – Counselling Appointments

A counsellor is available to help you by providing emotional support and allowing you to express your feelings and fears during this difficult and traumatic time. Counselling is provided by an experienced, accredited psychotherapist.
We provide up to 8 one-to-one counselling sessions per client free of charge. One-to-one counselling is grant aided through the Irish Cancer Society.

Tuesday & Thursday – Reiki

Reiki is an ancient Japanese technique. It is an holistic form of healing which helps restore balance and harmony to the mind and body through the chakras . This in turn will affect the body’s natural healing system and balance the emotions.

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Health and wellness Programmes

Something to Sing About-Do you enjoy singing? We are recruiting new members every Wednesday nights at 8pm in Hannons Hotel. Call 087056643 for further info.

Yoga– Paula Sharkey- Gentle yoga to improve flexibility and increase strength.
Starts Thursday14th September 7pm-8pm (8 weeks)

Boxercise/Circuits – Richie Evans
Boxercise is a form of fitness training that involves boxing concepts. This is a functional yet fun, form of FITNESS training. Starts Tuesday September 12th 7pm-8pm (8 weeks)

Meditation For Relaxation:Geraldine Byrne- Regular practice of relaxation techniques will assist you in relieving muscle tension, reduce anxiety, and improve your overall wellbeing. Beginning Tuesday 7th November 7pm – 8pm (6 weeks)

Tai Chi – Brian Mc Conway- Improves coordination, balance, posture control, bone density, increased lung capacity and gives a feeling of mental well being. Starts Thursday 9th November 7pm-8pm (6 weeks )

Monthy Support Groups– A range of support groups are available for people with a present or past cancer diagnosed and also for friends and family who have been affected. For more information contact the office at Vita House.

Health and wellness Workshops

Louise Marlow– Colour Me Beautiful- Saturday 9th September 10am-2pm Light Lunch Designed to help you enhance your look for a fabulous and confident new you.Ranging from colour analysis, style personality, body shaping and make up tips & application.Why not join us for a fabulous morning putting the fun back in to fashion.

Anne Quirke– Nutritionist- Saturday 7th October 10am-2pm. Presentation, food tastings,meal ideas and practical lifestyle changes to take home.

Cliona Baker– Stained Glass Workshop – Saturday 4th November 10am-5pm
Participants will learn to make their own stained glass piece. This will include learning how to design the piece and the techniques involed. Course is limited to 7 people
Fee: 30euro.

Emily Garavan– Arts and Carfts Clay Modelling- Saturday 2nd & 16th December 10am-2pm. Students explore various handbuilding techniques while creating functional forms and more. Learn about surface decoration.

Pet Care Service

Vision StatementHeads and Tails Pet Care Service

Roscommon Cancer Support at Vita House understands that a very special connection can develop between owners and their pets.  This companionship can provide emotional security and give the basis for a fixed daily routine.  This can help reduce anxiety in times of stress due to serious illness.  Pets are warm and intensely loyal, providing emotional security, and our vision is to help maintain this essential companionship, by caring for pets while their owners are working through a difficult time.

If you would like to avil of this service please contact us on 0906625898 or email info@vitahouse.org