Above all our most important issue is CONFIDENTIALITY, which will be respected at all times. You only need to tell us what you feel comfortable divulging. You can meet others affected by cancer. Whether you are a carer, partner or have cancer, you may find it beneficial to hear the experiences of those in a similar situation
We provide a service tailored to each individual cliant's needs. It's you that's important.
The atmosphere is informal and you are more than welcome to DROP IN.
If however you feel more comfortable chatting on a one to one basis then this is also available.
A healthcare professional will always be on hand and our volunteer counsellors are experienced and well trained, many having had their own personal experience of cancer.
It’s amazing how talking helps, and the centre volunteers are good listeners.
Resources & Information
A vital element of our service, and we have arange of cancer information available to browse through or borrow.
If the information you require is not available then we will find it from our many professional contacts, or download it directly from the internet.
If it's out there - we'll find it.
Services & Therapies
KNITTING & SEWING GROUP
Come along to the centre and bring some knitting/sewing and have a cup of tea and a chat.
This is an informal group and a good way to meet others who are perhaps in the same situation as yourself.
We have people who have been bereaved due to cancer, some who have a relative with cancer and also people who have cancer themselves.
We meet the second Thursday of every month from 2pm- 4pm. No need to make an appointment-just come along and bring a friend if you wish.
Jenny Craig LicAcC MBAcC is a highly trained acupuncturist who has done voluntary work with acupuncturists in Sri Lanka, India, Uganda and South Africa.
She has been practicing at the drop in centre for over a year now.
The centre provides up to 6 treatments with Jenny.
You can book an appointment through the centre. Acupuncture allows body mechanisms to heal naturally.
It may reduce stress and help the body to relax. It has been shown to aid digestion and can give some pain relief.
We all know that regular exercise keeps us physically fit but there is also good evidence it greatly improves our emotional well-being.
In addition to this we now know that gentle exercise both during and after cancer treatments helps to improve recovery.
This is why we started a walking group. We go for a very gentle stroll out with the town then come back to the Centre for a bowl of soup and a blether.
It also may help to regulate body temperature and help with 'hot flushes'
Yoga therapy is the application of specific yoga practices for people with particular health challenges.
These practices can include breathing exercises, movements, relaxation techniques and meditation to bring about a state of ease conducive to healing.
Yoga therapy can support and nurture people who are affected by cancer in their efforts to cope with the disease and their treatment.
Specifically yoga therapy can help those affected to acknowledge, accept and process the emotions that cancer gives rise to, and offers a range of techniques to support them through the period of profound physical and emotional changes that occur.
The courses are delivered by Johnny Glover, who has delivered a variety of bespoke one to one and group sessions to service users of Stranraer Cancer Drop In Centre over the last several years.
We offer massage and reflexology to help people relax at often very difficult times.
Catherine Burns, our massage therapist, uses a very gentle massage technique which is suitable for everyone who uses the centre.
It is even safe to use during treatment.
Up until last year all patients needing a wig had to travel to Dumfries.
However Catherine, our massage therapist, recently undertook some training in Edinburgh with A&A Hair Studios, this means we can now offer a wig fitting service in the centre.