We enable people affected by cancer, through community-based care and support, to find new strength, resilience and their own way of coping with the challenges cancer brings.
• Our services are responsive to the individual.
• We provide high quality care delivered by people with professional knowledge and expertise.
• We provide a friendly and safe environment where our service users feel supported.
• We are a small, independent charity and this allows us to be flexible and innovative in developing new responsive services.
• We build partnerships that allow us to provide a seamless service to our clients.
Our guiding principles
Some of the Centre’s guiding principles are:
• our services are tailored to suit the needs of each individual
• time, space and choice are given
• each person’s response to life-threatening illness is respected
• we provide a wide range of services, which allows people to access help in many different ways
• we help people to find a centred approach to life, rather than emphasising positive thinking, which can become a burden
• practitioners are carefully selected to ensure that their approach is in line with our ethos
• no-one seeking help is turned away through being unable to contribute financially
• we provide forms of psycho-social support that complement statutory and other services.
• we actively seek ways to make services available to all parts of our diverse local community, including men and people of different races and faiths
The Centre’s holistic approach
The word ‘holistic’ is now in frequent use, but can have many different connotations. Therefore it’s important to define more closely what we mean by saying that we follow an holistic approach.
It is a principle underlying all our work that each person touched by cancer is an individual with their own uniqueness, and with their own set of circumstances, who will respond in their own particular way to the challenge of a life-threatening illness.
We therefore do not have a structured programme that everyone goes through. Instead we meet each person and find out who they are, what their particular needs are, and how they have responded to the illness (whether they are the person who is ill or a family member or friend).
We start off, in the initial appointment, by spending time getting to know the person, explaining the Centre’s services, and, working out with the individual how they want to make use of our services.
This is part of the enabling or empowering approach, which is to help the individual to exercise choice at all stages of their cancer journey. If someone is in a state of shock or exhausted, then we can make suggestions as to what they do initially.
Our commitment is to help individuals to tap into their own strength, and to identify their own way of moving forward. This sometimes means supporting people when they are taking paths that do not always seem wise to the therapist or staff member. Our belief is that we cannot know what is right for another person.