Doncaster cancer charity Aurora starts directory of local support organisations

Third sector and charity are being asked to send their details to become part of a new directory of cancer support services in Doncaster

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 3:28 pm

Staff at Aurora project are looking at setting up a support and self advocacy service for people in Doncaster who are in the early stages of a possible cancer diagnosis.

The charity, which supports people affected by a cancer diagnosis or living with long term health conditions, is trying to identify all organisations in the area who patients can be signposted to for help.

Cancer Services Directory Administrator,Victoria Lawton-Bates, said the aim of the directory was to help patients during the at time between the GP or primary care provider saying there might be a problem to a patient actually getting the diagnosis.

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She said: "We’ve identified there is not much support for that demographic so we are setting up a service to support those people over the phone.

"As part of that we are trying to put together a cancer support directory, a list of all the local charities and third sector organisations that might possibly be able to provide support to the people who will be ringing in to our support line.”

“We don’t want to miss out any important organisations so we want to get the word out there and identify as many as possible.”

“If there are organisations which offer counselling support and charge we are going to include them in the list, to give callers as many options as possible, though we are focusing mainly on charitable organisations.”

It is hoped to have the project up and running by the middle of August.

Organisations who want to be included can email [email protected],or visit https://www.facebook.com/ElpisAurora/?ref=py_c

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