Welcome to the Cancer Support France – Vienne
Please read on to find out more about our organisation, who we are and what we hope we can do for you. You can also find out more about our activities and events, drop in session, read up on the latest news via our regular newsletter, find out how to contact us, how to join in and how to donate to us.
Cancer Support France - Vienne is a voluntary, not for profit, organisation and registered charity covering the Vienne area. We are part of the Cancer Support France network of affiliated associations.
We aim to support English speaking people in our area (for details see below) who have been affected in some way by cancer. Our clients include the sufferers themselves and/or their friends and families. All those working on behalf of CSF are volunteers who freely give their time and skills to support our clients, their families and friends. Their commitment is to provide emotional and/or practical support to enhance the quality of life for every client.
Our Active Listeners – what can they do for you?
You may have heard the term Active Listeners but what are they and how can they help you?
Our Active Listeners are trained to provide:
A safe place for you to offload your feelings, concerns and fears
A non-judgmental and unbiased listening ear
A way to fight emotional loneliness
The opportunity to explore options in order to address your concerns and regain control
Information about cancer in general and about local services
Assistance with any language barrier you may experience
Someone to attend medical appointments with you
Someone to act as your representative
Support can be offered face to face (for example home or hospital visits), by telephone or via modern media, whatever suits you.
Our volunteers have received initial and ongoing training so they can respond to each person’s needs with respect and dignity in a confidential environment. In turn we encourage an environment where all our volunteers are treated with respect.
Do we cover your area?
If you don’t know if you are in our area, please contact us and if we can’t help, we will guide you to the correct affiliated association.
In order to provide support for clients in our area, we have trained Active Listeners, we provide a monthly drop-in session supported by numerous volunteers and our committee:
Jacquie Kelly - Présidente (chairwoman)
Linda Gikas - Secretary
Anne Codling - Treasurer and Support Co-ordinator