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Nov 10, 2022

Cancer support charity has new home in the heart of North-Aberdeenshire

Clan Cancer Support is relocating its North-Aberdeenshire base to the MACBI Community Hub in Mintlaw, supporting the charity’s aim to be more accessible to people in local communities affected by cancer.  

The leading north-east cancer support charity will have two dedicated areas within the complex on Newlands Road to accommodate drop-in appointments, complimentary therapy treatments, children and families work and group sessions.  

Two dedicated members of Clan staff will be based at the centre and will work closely with families and young people in North-Aberdeenshire who are affected by cancer.  

Clan will be based on the ground floor of the centre within the new Smith-Pascoe extension with additional spaces available for hire as required by the charity. The venue also benefits from excellent transport links, a car park, café, gym, softplay and an outdoor playing area. 

Kay Johnston, head of cancer support services at Clan, said: “One of our biggest challenges at Clan is our geographical spread and ensuring we are accessible to those who need our services.

“Our move to the MACBI Community Hub will enable us to have a presence within the heart of more North-Aberdeenshire communities and promote more opportunities for outreach work in the surrounding areas.”

“The venue is a modern and well-connected hub which brings together people from all walks of life in a friendly and relaxed environment, making it the perfect place for the Clan team to meet and support people in North-Aberdeenshire who are affected by cancer, and to raise awareness of our services.” 

Clan will permanently close its existing North-Aberdeenshire base within the Crimond Medical Centre today (Thursday, November 10).  Online and telephone support will be provided until Clan services launch at MACBI Community Hub on Monday, November 28. 

Connie Strachan, MACBI hub manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Clan to our facility. The charity offers a huge range of lifeline services for people affected by cancer and having a base in the hub is a boost for both parties. I am so excited for the move and cannot wait to see what the future holds for Clan and MACBI working together.” 

An official open day for the centre is due to take place on Wednesday, November 23 from 10am – 3pm with members of the community invited to come along and find out more about the charity and its services. 

In addition to operating out of the MACBI centre, Clan will continue its existing outreach support sessions at Ellon Library, Cruden Bay Library and Turriff libraries.  

Clan Cancer Support provides emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer across north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.  

Over the last 39 years Clan’s services have grown significantly to address the emotional and social impacts of cancer and include counselling, children and families support and nutrition, health and wellbeing advice.

The charity also operates Clan Haven which offers bed and breakfast accommodation near Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, providing affordable accommodation with onsite support for those who travel from home to Aberdeen for treatment. 

The charity supports more than 1,200 people every year across 13 community locations, using qualified and experienced counsellors and therapists and support volunteers to ensure its clients wellbeing needs are taken care of at all stages of their cancer journey.  

For more information, please contact enquiries@clancancersupport.org  

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