Gaby Castillo Alban
I previously worked in corporate event management but decided to take a career break and dedicate my time to raising my two boys. This also allowed me to have a little flexibility to do some volunteer work.
Having gone through the loss of my grandmother to cancer it made me appreciate the support she received from all the family, unfortunately not everyone has a support network around them during such a challenging time.
Befriending offers some much needed one to one time with someone who truly needs companionship and I am very honoured to be able to offer this.
I trained as a massage therapist in 2010 and have been volunteering with Paul’s Home Visiting Service since 2011.
I appreciate the ethos of Paul’s, and feel privileged to be part of an organisation that delivers such a valuable and unique service. The work is interesting and rewarding, and we have the opportunity to share experiences and learn through regular group supervision.
Reflexologist and Aromatherapist
I qualified in 1991 as a Reflexologist and Aromatherapist and joined as a volunteer member of Pauls Home Visiting Service in 1997. My deep interest for the development and integration of complementary therapies alongside allopathic medicine led me to the Centre. Here, I have had the opportunity and privilege of helping to care for people during their cancer journey.
To be able to undertake voluntary work of this nature gives me a wonderful sense of fulfilment and a warm feeling of connectivity.
I have been a befriender for a number of years.
I enjoy doing something alongside each client which may range from having a chat, helping sort out paperwork, light gardening together, or going for a walk to the shops.
The hour together passes quickly.
I’m a qualified reflexology therapist trained in providing reflexology to the feet, hands and face, and lymphatic drainage.
I live in Battersea and was drawn to Paul’s for a number of reasons in that it is a very local to my home and although I work locally in a clinic I wanted to do more and give a bit back to the neighbourhood. I have been affected by cancer in my immediate family and also with very close friends, and with reflexology showing it can often provide a sense of calm and relaxation I was very keen to try and help others somehow in the field of oncology. I was therefore thrilled to be accepted by Paul’s Cancer Support.
I have been working with Paul’s since early 2018, and not only am I constantly inspired by the people I meet through this organisation, but it is also very rewarding and I feel blessed and honoured to be let into peoples lives during often very fragile and sensitive times.
Rosi is an experienced supervisor and psychotherapist, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and she is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Rosi has worked with Paul’s Cancer Support Centre since early 2015. She believes in collaborative work and strives in creating a professional community of practitioners, which can provide holding and inspiration to its members in a hope that Paul’s service users could receive the best possible support.
Hillary Smith has a postgraduate diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy, working as an integrative counsellor, and is a registered member of the BACP. Hillary was a massage therapist for Paul’s Home Visiting Service from 2009 until 2015 and, in 2016, started to offer counselling as part of Paul’s Home Visiting Service. Hillary is interested in the connection between physical and mental health and promoting holistic care and wellbeing. Having worked for Paul’s Home Visiting Service Hillary has come to appreciate how important it is for Paul’s clients to be able to receive services in their homes.
Hillary works in her private practice and as a sessional counsellor for Mind CHWF.
I have been a bodywork and massage therapist in the private sector for over 20 years, practising different massage modalities as well as teaching and practising chi gong and Taoist meditation techniques.
I became a home visiting volunteer massage therapist for Paul’s in 2018, driven by moral, social and political motivations, I felt the time was right to commit to volunteering at Paul’s. I find the volunteering very rewarding. I’m part of a diverse mix of fellow volunteer therapists and I’m exposed to new experiences and very different insights into the needs of people and how I can be of help in a professional yet compassionate context.
It’s my way of making the world a place that is a little bit kinder, no matter how small, it’s making a difference.