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.
Therapies at Roscommon Cancer Support
Mondays and Tuesdays: Therapist- Carol Murray and Bridget Cormican Appointments Evening appointments available
Massage can help reduce stress, anxiety and pain in people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Each session is adapted to the health and needs of 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. Each session is adapted to the individual needs. Indian Head Ideal for relief of head,shoulder or neck issues. Also can include TMJ pain.
Support Volunteers are available during opening hours to meet and offer support. A counsellor is also 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 – Mari and Michael Simpson Appointment Times 11am, 12pm & 1pm
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.
‘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.
For 2017- Health and wellness Programmes
Something to Sing About-Do you enjoy to sing? We arerecruiting new members every Wednesday nights at 8pm in Hannons Hotel. Call 0870566643 for further info
Yoga– Paula Sharkey- Gentle yoga to improved flexibility and increase strength.
Meditation For Relaxation:Geraldine Byrne- Regular practice of relaxation techniques will assist you in relieving muscle tension, reduce anxiety, and improve your overall wellbeing.
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.
Walking Group – Monica Finn
Join this club, and you will introduce a social element to your walking. We will be running at least one trip outside their local area.
Support Group– Mary Mc Dermott – Ballinagare Community Centre
Second Friday of every month at Ballinagare Community Centre This group offers a sympathetic listening ear in total confidentiality.
WORKSHOPS: Coming Soon