The Midlands Myeloma Support Group, Tullamore, and the Dochas Offaly Cancer Support Centre, Tullamore, have been elected to the National Networking Committee of the Irish Cancer Society’s Cancer Support Affiliation Programme for the central region.
The committee, which held its inaugural meeting in the Irish Cancer Society’s offices in Dublin on December 6, will guide the direction of the Society’s affiliation programme which sees it support 48 community based cancer support services across the country.
The main focus of the programme is to ensure the highest possible standard of practice through the delivery of its first rate training and coaching programme in local cancer support centres for cancer support services staff, volunteers and board members. It also provides psycho-social care for cancer patients and their families by supporting professional counselling services in their own communities.
Pictured from L-R, members of the National Networking Committee: Olwyn Ryan (Patient Support Services Manager, Irish Cancer Society), Mary Dunne (Midlands Myeloma Support Group, Tullamore, Co Offaly), Anne Fitzgerald (Midlands Myeloma Support Group, Tullamore, Co Offaly), Liam McManus (Midlands Myeloma Support Group, Tullamore, Co Offaly), Bernie McHugh (Lakelands Area Retreat & Cancer Centre, Multyfarnham, Mullingar)Stella Moran (The Cuisle Centre, Portlaoise, Co Laois), Dorothy Thomas (Affiliation Programme Coordinator, Irish Cancer Society) Absent from photo is Dermot Murphy, Dochas Offaly Cancer Support Centre, Tullamore, Co Offaly.