CLAN Cancer Support

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides wellbeing and practical support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer.

CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness.

CLAN's main centre is on Westburn Road in Aberdeen near the hospital. CLAN also has centres across the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland, with a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Buckie, Crimond, Elgin, Inverurie, Lossiemouth, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick. CLAN also provides outreach services to a number of GP practices across the region.

Support Services

Age specific support

CLAN Cancer Support provides a wide range of support services appropriate for a wide range of age groups including children, teenagers and adults. This includes wellbeing groups, complementary therapies and counselling. People can also access information from CLAN’s library on a wide range of topics including publications suited to children and teenagers.

Bereavement support

CLAN Cancer Support provides support for people affected by the loss of someone through cancer, this is a person centred service and therefore there are no time restrictions with many people accessing CLAN’s support several months or years from the time of bereavement. CLAN’s professional Children & Families Service provides specific support for children and young people dealing with bereavement and also supports other professionals eg schools, health visitors around supporting a bereaved young person. Through CLAN, people can access a wide range of Information and resources, as well as counselling, complementary therapies and listening and support services.

Carer support

CLAN Cancer Support’s services are available to anyone caring for someone affected by a cancer diagnosis. CLAN also provides wellbeing activities and groupwork support specifically for carers, when identified as required. CLAN works in partnership with Aberdeen City Carers Strategy Steering Group, signposting and representing the concerns of those caring for someone affected by cancer.

Children, teens and family support

CLAN Cancer Support’s team of professional qualified and compassionate support workers offer support to children, teenagers and their families, using a range of therapeutic methods including systemic family therapy, counselling skills, play and art therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The service is accessible and responsive to client needs with no waiting list, ensuring that families receive the support when they require it. CLAN’s Children and Families Service aims to enable people to manage the changes brought about by a cancer diagnosis, build resilience and support positive family communication. CLAN also offer monthly activity based groups, free of charge, to children and teens which encourages peer support, develops confidence and allows for young people to have fun at a time when they may be experiencing adversity.

Complementary therapies

CLAN Cancer Support’s range of complementary therapies aim to promote a sense of wellbeing while encouraging the body back into a more balanced state. All our therapists are fully registered, qualified and experienced in supporting those affected by cancer. Therapies include massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and reiki, amongst others.

Counselling support

CLAN Cancer Support offers a professional counselling service delivered by a team of qualified and registered practitioners. Counselling at CLAN is available to support clients to resolve emotional, psychological and relationship issues which may arise as a result of a cancer experience. Listening and emotional support is available throughout all CLAN bases through a network of fully trained volunteers. This can be accessed on a drop in basis with no appointment required.

Emotional support

CLAN Cancer Support’s bases offer a friendly welcoming and relaxed environment for anyone wishing to access information or support. Each base has a team of experienced and highly trained listening and support volunteers, many with years of professional experience, who are on hand to provide support to anyone visiting a CLAN base. Further in-depth support is available through CLAN’s team of qualified counsellors.

Exercise

CLAN Cancer Support works in partnership with Macmillan Move More on their gentle movement programme, which includes hosting joint CLAN / Macmillan move more walking groups. Tai Chai and Chi Quong classes are also offered at some CLAN Cancer Support bases. CLAN House in Aberdeen and CLAN Cancer Support Orkney both benefit from garden areas which are used to encourage clients and visitors to enjoy outdoor activities, gardening for health, children and teens activities and a space to relax.

Financial advice

CLAN Cancer Support works in partnership with Grampian Macmillan Cancer Centre Project to provide advice including benefits, housing, employment, grants and travel. The project provides a service within CLAN House once a fortnight.

Hair & beauty advice

CLAN House in Aberdeen is home to a dedicated salon which provides a quiet, dedicated space for people to access a specialist wig and hair cutting service. CLAN Cancer Support also provides support through beauty therapy, styling, and advisory events on an ad hoc basis.

Groups and social activities

At the heart of CLAN is a wide range of groups which allow people to meet and benefit from peer support and friendship. This includes branches of national or other local charities, peer support groups for men and women and CLAN-led groups. Coffee mornings and other events / groups with social aspects are held throughout the CLAN in the Community network of wellbeing and support centres. A wide range of fundraising events are also held in throughout the year which offer a social aspect.

Nutrition advice

CLAN Cancer Support has developed the Counterweight @ CLAN programme – a weight maintenance programme for people in the post treatment stages of cancer. The programme incorporates dietary, exercise and general lifestyle advice. CLAN’s information library also has a wide range of resources touching on many areas, including leaflets on diets for specific cancer types as well as general healthy eating guidelines.

Practical support

CLAN Cancer Support provides accommodation within a short distance of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for those travelling to Aberdeen for treatment from remote or rural locations. CLAN can, on occasion, provide childcare for parents or carers while attending appointments at CLAN. CLAN also encourages signposting to other relevant agencies.

Relaxation

CLAN Cancer Support runs a weekly relaxation group within CLAN House in Aberdeen and other bases throughout the CLAN In the Community network. People visiting any of CLAN’s Wellbeing & Support Centres can make use of our welcoming facilities, relax, read a book and spend some time within any of our drop-in centres.

Stress management and sleep guidance

Many of CLAN Cancer Support’s activities and complementary therapies aim to reduce pain or stress and can contribute towards aiding a good night’s sleep.

Stress and pain management

CLAN Cancer Support runs a number of different wellbeing groups including Mindfulness and relaxation. CLAN’s listening and support services, counselling and complementary therapies all aim to reduce the stress or pain that can experienced as a result of a cancer diagnosis, either personally or through a family member, friend or colleague.

Transport assistance

CLAN Cancer Support provides dedicated transport between CLAN House in Aberdeen and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for those travelling from CLAN for treatment. CLAN also provides a transportation service from its base in Elgin for those traveling locally or to Aberdeen, when available, for treatment.

Wellbeing support

CLAN Cancer Support provides a number of wellbeing services to support anyone affected by cancer. This can be through one–to–one counselling support, group activities, social events, awareness days and talks and a wide range of information resources via the CLAN library/resource centre.

More information

CLAN Cancer Support provides wellbeing support and information in the heart of local communities via the CLAN in the Community network. This includes a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Elgin, Buckie, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Lossiemouth, Peterhead, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick. Not all services are provided at each base. Check www.clanhouse.org/local for more detailed information. Other activities are held during and out with these hours – evenings/weekends etc.