As the most recent research shows, one in two of us will develop some form of cancer in our lifetimes. And because cancer affects the elderly more than anyone, and we as a nation continue to live longer and longer, the impact of cancer upon all our lives will continue to grow. Which means the work done by cancer charities is not only of crucial importance now but will become even more so in future years.
That’s why we’re delighted to introduce to you the vital work of Cancer Support Yorkshire (CSY).
Who They Are
CSY are an independent cancer charity that offer practical and emotional support to people affected by cancer. They help not only the person with the diagnosis but also members of their family and support group. Their head office is in Bradford but they also have a support centre in Skipton (you can visit their website here), which opened two years ago.
Originally open for four days a week, the Skipton centre is now open every weekday to help meet the demand for their provision and services, proving just how essential their role in the community has become.
What They Do
CSY are a community support group that takes an holistic approach to their work by engaging all affected parties. They help those who have been diagnosed come to terms with their illness and inform them of what their next steps are; they help families and friends understand how they can best lend a hand; and they help healthcare professionals by accepting referrals and offering timely support to our overworked health services.
It’s this complete approach that allows CSY to – as they put it so well – ‘walk alongside’ each and every cancer patient that comes through their doors.
Groups & Classes
CSY understand how important it is for cancer patients to keep themselves busy and to share experiences with others in a similar position. That’s why they run a whole range of groups and classes at both of their centres, including:
- Counselling – run by qualified counsellors, these sessions allow patients to speak to someone other than friends or family about concerning or distressing matters.
- Art For Fun – a 12-week programme designed to give participants a sense of satisfaction and achievement. Open to all levels of artistic ability.
- Craft & Textiles – enables participants to use a range of materials to create and learn new techniques in a creative setting. Open to beginners and craft experts alike.
- Group Relaxation – sessions to help deal with stress and anxiety via deep relaxation and visualisation techniques.
- Positive Steps – a 6-week structured course that addresses the psychological impact of cancer and provides tools to help those living with cancer make positive steps in managing the disease.
On top of running these (and many other) classes, CSY have a Welfare Rights Team based in Bradford that will look at your financial situation and determine whether you can apply for any financial support. They also run a Transport Service that consists of volunteer drivers who take clients to and from hospital appointments and centre sessions. They even have a Community Team that goes out into the community to raise cancer awareness and to promote the charity’s services.
Basically, they’re an incredibly busy bunch!
How You Might Help
Providing as much support and as many services as they do – all of which are free – CSY are always on the lookout for both donations and volunteers.
The Aviva Community Fund
In recognition for their important work, CSY have been nominated for The Aviva Community Fund, a scheme set up by Aviva to promote and generate funding for well-loved community projects. The Fund will finance over 800 projects of varying types and sizes across the UK – and CSY are in the running.
If you’d like to help them attain Aviva funding please vote for them by visiting this site. You will have to register to vote but it only takes a minute or two. We at The Skipton Press have already cast our vote, and we urge you to do the same.
For further information about Cancer Support Yorkshire please contact the team on 01274 776 688, or drop in to see them at 45a Armoury House, Otley St, Skipton (opposite the Skipton Magistrates Court). When online, you can keep up to date with them on their Facebook page here and Twitter account here.