The Cancer Support Centre was founded in 2000 and became a registered Company and Charity in 2001. A group of seven trustees (some of whom have been affected by cancer) supported by our Company Secretary are responsible for the strategic management of the Centre. As the Centre is totally self funding the trustees are responsible for fund raising and together with a committee of volunteers are working hard to develop a sustainable income that will allow us to continue to provide a place of sanctuary and support to those affected (both patients and carers) by the diagnosis of cancer. Our range of 15 complimentary therapies is given by our qualified and insured volunteer therapists. A further 27 volunteers provide a range of skills which ensures the smooth running of the Centre. We currently have two part time staff that ensure the successful operation of the Centre - a Service Manager and a Admin & Finance Manager.
The Centre moved to Station House at the beginning of 2004 and remained at these premises until February 2011. In 2010 the trustees investigated options for alternative premises and as a result of negotiations with St Giles Hospice, relocated to Lindridge Road, Sutton Coldfield at the end of February 2011. The move to these new premises has been extremely successful and has enabled the Centre to offer treatments 5 days a week instead of the 4 previously.. The Centre has the use of specialist rooms for all of the treatments available, and also larger rooms for group therapy activities and training. These are complimented by a relaxation area and a café facility, open every lunchtime. It is in a superb location, very much complimenting the support, caring and peaceful ethos of the Centre.
“The therapists and volunteers made me feel like I was the only person being cared for. Even though that is not true, that is the feeling they gave to each and everyone of us”.
“I would like to thank everyone at the Centre for helping me to grow in mind body and spirit, essential ingredients I believe for my health and well-being”
“I could never repay the Centre for what they have done. Cancer is a very lonely disease. If people could come here, they would not be so lonely”
“I look forward to the Wednesday walk. I like it because it is in the fresh air and you can connect with nature”
“Cancer does affect the whole family and I am sure if it wasn’t for the genuine, constant support we received in the Centre, I would not be able to continue enjoying my family life today”
Releasing The Power To Heal by Mavis Cunningham MA Bed