Call for Clondalkin volunteers to help out at Daffodil Centre

by Mark O'Brien

The Irish Cancer Society are appealing for Clondalkin residents to volunteer at their advice centre in the Hermitage Clinic.
The Daffodil Centre is a source of information and advice for anyone affected by or worried about cancer.
“Our Daffodil Centres provide cancer information, support and advice in hospitals to anyone affected by or concerned about cancer,” said Daffodil centre manager Aileen McHale.
“The centres are staffed by specialist nurses and Daffodil Centre volunteers are essential to the running of the service.
“Without their help we would not be able to provide the service, which in 2016 supported and advised almost 40,000 people across the country.”
Daffodil Centres are run by the Irish Cancer Society’s own specialist cancer nurses and highly trained volunteers.
The centre in nearby Lucan is one of thirteen of its kind set up by the Irish Cancer Society in hospitals around the country.
The first Daffodil Centre opened in 2009, with the centre in the Hermitage opening in 2013.
Daffodil Centre volunteers are asked to commit to four hours once a week in the morning or afternoon.
The centres are generally open 9am-5pm, Monday – Friday.
Daffodil Centre volunteers help make visitors to the centre feel welcome and show them the range of information and resources available.
They will arrange for visitors to meet with the nurse as well as bringing patients to hospital appointments or accompanying enquirers to the appropriate department within the hospital.
Each of the volunteers will be trained and given the appropriate supports to ensure they feel confident in their role.
For more information or to apply to become a trained Daffodil Centre volunteer, please contact Deirdre Murphy, Irish Cancer Society 01 2310564 or email dmurphy@irishcancer.ie.
The closing date for applications is July 7, 2017.
For anyone who cannot commit to those hours, there are lots of other ways to support the Irish Cancer Society like volunteering with their Volunteer Driver Service, at one of our shops or helping out on Daffodil Day.
Further information can be found on www.cancer.ie/get-involved

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