New Year brings new services at Cork ARC in Bantry

Posted on: 15th January, 2018

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Cork ARC Cancer Support House now offers art therapy on a one-to-one basis as a complementary therapy suitable for cancer patients, family members and carers, free of charge.

In art therapy sessions at Cork ARC, visitors can safely express and work through the sometimes difficult feelings associated with cancer in a facilitated, confidential and safe space. Community Cancer Support Co-ordinator at Cork ARC in Bantry, Catriona O’Mahony says, “Art therapy can support those who may be struggling with challenging situations that they find hard to talk about. Art therapy offers gentle ways to explore and express thoughts or feelings during and after cancer. You can benefit from and enjoy art therapy without having any experience in art at all.”

Marika O’Sullivan, currently a trainee MA Art Therapist in CIT will be facilitating this support service for Cork ARC in Bantry.

Cork ARC Cancer Support House are hosting a Diet in Cancer Information Evening at O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, from 7– 9pm. Keeping a healthy and well-balanced diet during and after cancer treatment can be challenging – for all the family. The evening is aimed at helping cancer patients and their families understand more about diet and nutrition during and after a cancer diagnosis. Places are free of charge but as with all of Cork ARC’s Information Evenings, booking is essential. Phone or email Catriona O’Mahony on 083 1988580 / to book your place.

Cancer patients, their families, carers and friends are welcome to drop in to Cork ARC Cancer Support House near Bantry, for support and information. Open each Tuesday and Thursday at ‘The Bungalow’, Goureebeg, Bantry, from 10am to 4pm, no appointment is necessary, and their centre is homely and informal. You will be welcomed by Cork ARC’s cancer support team of volunteer listeners, therapists and counsellors, led by Oncology nurse, Catriona O’Mahony. Counselling, therapeutic massage, reflexology and now art therapy is available on a one-to-one basis.

The drop in ‘Hour of Calm’ session continues every Tuesday at ‘The Bungalow’ from 11am. All those affected by cancer are welcome to drop in without an appointment to take part in a guided hour of relaxation and calming meditation.

Cork ARC Cancer Support House is a free, community-based service for all those who have been affected by cancer. Their service is nurse led, supported by a team of volunteer listeners, therapists and counsellors, all trained and accredited. Cork ARC’s support service is professional and confidential.

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