ARC Cancer Support Centre’s are appealing for additional volunteers due to a 75% increase in demand for their free services over the past five years.
ARC’s services are provided in its two centres in Eccles Street on the Northside and South Circular Road on the Southside.
“We have been very lucky to have such a fantastic team of long-standing volunteers, but we are now finding it difficult to maintain and grow our services due to the increase in demand from people who need support,” ARC Cancer Support Centres CEO Deirdre Grant said.
ARC provides free counseling, therapy and support for people affected by cancer.
It cost about €760,000 to run the two centres in 2017, and while ARC receives grants from the HSE and the Irish Cancer Society, the majority of their funding is dependent on donations.
“Last year we recorded 13,000 visits, and without volunteers, our free services would be available but extremely limited,” Grant said.
According to ARC’s communications manager, they urgently need volunteers to help with administrative/office work, fundraising, events and stewarding, in addition to fully qualified and accredited reflexologists and fully accredited counselors and psychotherapists willing to do pro-bono work.