To provide a place of sanctuary and support for adults whose lives are affected by cancer.
We believe in an integrated approach to health and well being.
To be a sustainable recognised centre of excellence as a community based charity providing care and support for all adults whose lives are affected by cancer. We aim to achieve this through the promotion of health and wellbeing.
We are Caring, Respectful, Supporting and value Choice. We respect and care for all our clients, volunteers and all those who support and work with the Cancer Support Centre. We are committed to supporting our clients to help themselves to heal in body, mind and spirit. We enable every individual affected by cancer to exercise choice in the way they regain control of their life.
We recently looked at what motivates and guides all the staff, volunteers, therapists, Client Advocates and Trustees and the CSC Charter was developed. It is fundamentally based on our Mission, Vision and Living Values.
The Cancer Support Centre Sutton Coldfield was founded as a charity in 2001 to support cancer patients in the Midlands.
Its creation began when Mavis Cunningham; who was an experienced nurse and was involved with a local breast cancer charity, recognised the gap in support available locally and developed an idea with other founding members.
These founder members envisioned a house where an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity would be created. It would be a place of sanctuary for those affected by cancer. Counselling and complementary therapies would be provided for those with cancer and help would be available for family and friends.
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The continued success of the service meant new premises were required and with the support of Sutton Coldfield Municipal Charities, the charity moved to Station House, Midland Drive in 2004 and by 2007 was open for 4 days a week.
In 2010, The Trustees realised that larger more suitable premises were required and negotiations began to enable the Cancer Support Centre to move to Lindridge Road, Sutton Coldfield where it could share the premises on a 50/50 basis with St Giles Supportive Care. The move took place at the end of February 2011.
Since then the numbers attending the Centre have continued to increase year on year. Our mission has remained aligned to the original goals we aim to provide a place of sanctuary and support for adults whose lives are affected by cancer.
By our 15th anniversary :
• We operated 5 days a week and supported around 200 new clients a year and had over 400 active clients registered at any one time.
• We believe even more firmly in an integrated approach to health and wellbeing and want people to live their lives well.
• We provide care and support for both patients and those who care for them.
• Our service supports the whole person their body mind and spirit.
• We continue to provide therapies 1:1 to help the client working in a complementary way along side the medical profession who are treating the cancer.
• We have a number of groups that offer activities which bring people together with like minded people who are in a similar situation.
More recently, our services have widened to include workshops and courses which aim to equip people to help themselves to cope with the impacts of cancer. Things like the emotions, the stress, the inability to sleep well or relax and manage pain. Some activities are therapeutic others are social but the friendships and support that develop between people that join us are priceless.
Looking to the future we have revisited and reinforced our vision and mission in order to help more people affected by cancer to live well assisted by our high quality services and support.
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