ARC Cancer Support Centres appeals to the generosity of the Irish public to volunteer as demand for its services increased by 16% in 2017

-         75% increase in number of people attending ARC in past five years -

(Monday, 29th January 2018) In 2017, ARC Cancer Support Centres recorded 13,000 visits to its centres. The number of people using ARC’s services has increased 75 per cent over the past five years. With the incidence of cancer rising, we expect the rise to continue.  Due to that increased demand for its services, which are free of charge, ARC is now appealing to the Irish public to consider volunteering to help run their centres.

ARC supports people affected by cancer and is heavily reliant on amazing volunteers who are the backbone of the organisation to provide many of its services, such as managing its drop-in centres, providing pro-bono therapies and organising events.

“Having gone through cancer myself and having used the services at ARC, I wanted to help others that were going through a similar situation. I have been volunteering for the past 8 years and I enjoy it immensely. The people you meet and the friendships you form are truly wonderful.” Bridie O’Reilly

These are some of the areas where volunteers are urgently needed:

-          Drop-in volunteers;

-          Fully qualified and accredited reflexologists;

-          Fully accredited Counsellors and Psychotherapists

-          Events and stewarding;

-          Fundraising in your community; 

-          Counselling/listening;

-          Administrative/office work.

Deirdre Grant, CEO, ARC Cancer Support Centres said, “We have been very lucky to have such a fantastic team of long standing volunteers but we are now finding it difficult to maintain and grow our services due to the increase in demand from people who need support. Last year we recorded 13,000 visits and without volunteers, our free services would be available but extremely limited.”

In 2017, it cost approximately €760,000 to run both of the ARC centres. While ARC receives some grants from the HSE and the Irish Cancer Society, ARC still relies heavily on the continued generosity of the public for the majority of its funding.

ARC provides psychological, psychosocial, emotional and practical support, complementary therapies and counselling services to people affected by cancer and their loved ones. Counselling services and complementary therapies are a significant part of the care that many people avail of in ARC Cancer Support centres. ARC's services are provided in its two centres in Eccles Street on the Northside and South Circular Road on the Southside. Clients from outside Dublin have found coming into ARC a great resource and support for them, especially if they have travelled far for their treatments. All of ARC’s services are free of charge.

To find out more about volunteering, please contact ARC Cancer Support Centres on 01 707 8883 or email info@arccancersupport.ie.

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For further information, please contact: Deirdre Keane, Communications Manager, ARC Cancer Support Centres on 01 707 8883 or 086 871 89 59.

"The reflexology was a great comfort and I really enjoyed the hours for myself in trying times."

Angela - ARC client

"I'm back at work, going running and taking a bit more time for myself. I am just getting on with life."

Gemma - ARC client

"Cancer touches everyone's life and volunteering with ARC creates a positive mindset from which many things are possible."

Edel O'Leary - Head of Marketing, Ulster Bank Ireland Ltd

"ARC supported me and my partner in my hour of need. I now just want to give something back."

Elizabeth - ARC volunteer

"To everyone at ARC - for being the essence of human kindness and compassion; for giving me a sense of sanity in a world that had fallen apart."

Mary - Counselling

"ARC is such a very special, beautiful place and a joy to enter every time. It is a privilege to be met by such wonderful and committed people...this dedication and support and love is not, or could ever be, taken for granted."

Geraldine - Relaxation and Visualisation