Urgent call for Family Cancer Connect volunteers

Tuesday 12 August, 2008

The Cancer Council urgently needs volunteers who have cared for a family member or friend with cancer to support others through the Family Cancer Connect program.

Cancer Connect is a telephone peer support service where people affected by cancer can speak to someone who has been through a similar experience.

Volunteers offer emotional and practical support and provide understanding at a time when it is most needed.

Doreen Akkerman AM, Director of the Cancer Council's Cancer Information and Support Service said thousands of Victorians are caring for someone with cancer.

"They may be a family member or friend providing care for a few hours a week or 24 hours a day," she said.

"Many carers find it a tiring and stressful time and we need another 100 family volunteers to meet demand for the service."

Ms Akkerman urges any family member or friend interested in providing support to others affected by cancer to express their interest by calling the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or emailing cancer.connect@cancervic.org.au.

Expressions of interest must be received by 29 August 2008. Full training will be provided to successful applicants.

Please note, a minimum 2 year period since completion of cancer treatment or bereavement is required to be a Cancer Connect volunteer.


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