New cancer support service to launch – and they want your views

macmillan cancer logoA new service to support people affected by cancer in West Dunbartonshire is asking local residents for their input ahead of its launch next year.

Improving the Cancer Journey, a partnership between West Dunbartonshire Council and Macmillan Cancer Support, will offer all newly diagnosed adults the opportunity to meet with a dedicated link worker on a one-to-one basis.

The person will be given access to a wide range of support including benefits advice, emotional support and help at home.

Ahead of its launch, the Council and Macmillan are holding an event to outline the service’s aims and aspirations.

And they want to hear from people who have been or are currently affected by cancer, so they can ensure the service is the best it can be.

West Dunbarton Councellors 2017Councillor Diane Docherty, pictured left,  Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “The aim of the new service is to make things easier at a time when it may feel like the world is falling apart.

“We want to get this right, and part of that is asking for input from anybody who feels they may have an insight into what is required in that situation.”

Councillor Caroline McAllister, Vice Convener of Housing and Communities, added: “Sadly, most of us will have had some experience with Cancer, be it ourselves or through a relative or loved one.

“Improving the Cancer Journey seeks to make people feel supported and any information that will help us achieve that is very valuable indeed, so I’d encourage people to participate in this event.”

The engagement event is at Clydebank Leisure Centre on the 5th November between 1pm and 4pm.

If you want the opportunity to have your say on the way the service operates, please register to attend the event using the following link:

Macmillan Cancer Support is also building a Greater Glasgow and Clyde Involvement Network for people affected by cancer. Contact us at and ask to register.

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