NHS Dumfries and Galloway volunteers are ready to launch a new weekly drop-in service in the west of the region for anyone affected by cancer to go to for support in an informal, friendly and confidential setting. 


After months of putting things in place to make the drop-in a registered NHS volunteer service, on the 7th November at 11:30am the Machars Cancer Drop-In (previously known as Newton Stewart Cancer Drop-In) will open its doors at Newton Stewart Health Centre.


The Machars Cancer Drop-In is being supported by NHS D&G’s Oncology Nurse Manager, Dumfries & Stranraer Cancer Information & Support Centre Managers, Wigtownshire Health & Wellbeing Team and NHS D&G’s Volunteer Co-ordinator. The volunteers have gained the necessary training to be able to provide tailored support; listening, signposting, or just having a chat over tea and coffee.


Joan Greenwood, NHS Volunteer and Bank Nurse said:


We are so pleased to be launching this new drop in service so that people can access this kind of support close to home in the west of the region, but of course anyone is welcome wherever they are from.  This can be anyone directly affected by cancer, or their family and friends.  For some people going to a drop in service away from where you live can be easier, it very much depends on the individual experience.
“It’s a pleasure to be part of this group of volunteers as they are so dedicated to making the launch happen, and for the drop-in to become a trusted place for people affected by cancer to come to.  Our aim is for the drop-in to be informal, friendly and of course confidential.”