The Irish Cancer Society’s grant aid programme for affiliated cancer support centres is now open for applications and the society is inviting all affiliated centres, including Cara Iorrais Cancer Support Centre and Mayo Cancer Support Association to apply for funds. The Irish Cancer Society expects to grant more than half a million euro this year to its affiliates and is welcoming applications from new cancer support centres which wish to become affiliates of the society. The society’s affiliation programme which runs in three-year cycles is a network of groups all across Ireland which provide information and support services to people living with cancer.
Dorothy Thomas, Patient Support Services co-ordinator, said: “The affiliation programme was designed to ensure that cancer support services all over Ireland are supported in their work and are operating to the highest possible standards of practice. There are 32 organisations around the country who are currently affiliated to the society.”
She added: “We are encouraging all affiliated centres to apply for financial support in the form of grant aid from the society in 2015. The closing date for applications is April 16. We are also looking for applications from other cancer support centres around the country who may wish to become affiliated to the society. There are numerous other advantages in joining this national network including no cost training, technical support, and organisational consultancy.”
In order to avail of any and all of the grants offered by the Irish Cancer Society, the organisation making the application must: Be affiliated to the Irish Cancer Society, enter into a contract of agreement regarding the use of these funds, deliver the programme or service in the calendar year for which the funds are granted, and provide reports relating to these services. For more information on affiliates of the Irish Cancer Society go to www.cancer.ie/support or call the Irish Cancer Society on (01 ) 2310500.