Helping those with cancer cope with change

Leading cancer charity across Scotland have completed a year of their ‘Coping With Change’ programme supported by The National Lottery Community Fund.

The National Lottery Community Fund is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of the National Lottery. Cancer Support Scotland has received a second year grant of £51,474 as part of a multi-year, 3-year award. These incredible grants go towards funding our Coping with Change Workshops, formerly known as the Stress Management Service.

Reflecting on the charities first year of funding, CEO- Rob Murray said:

“This amazing funding has not only enabled us to support 81 individuals affected by cancer in the first year, but also allowed us to recruit a Service Development Officer and our Facilitators. These NLCF funded positions have helped to increase community engagement and build new peer support groups that extend the benefits of our workshops.

I am incredibly proud of the work done by our ‘Coping with Change’ team despite the ongoing uncertainties. This vital project is providing much needed wellbeing support. Before taking part in the workshop 52% of people said they had felt anxious or stressed and this dropped to 8% after completing our workshop.

This is year’s generous grant will enable us to grow participant numbers to more than double and deliver our workshops in the heart of the communities we support. We are hugely grateful for receiving over £90,000 so far from the National Lottery Community Fund towards this much needed service.”

Stress is a natural feeling of not being able to cope with specific demands and events, however it can at times feel overwhelming & increase feelings of anxiety, sadness, fear, anger, and frustration which is why it is important to acknowledge stress and take positive steps to reduce it where possible. The Cancer Support Scotland workshops are run for one hour per week over 5 weeks in a group setting and have been created to give those with cancer the opportunity to learn & try out techniques for understanding & reducing anxiety and stress levels.

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