Irish Cancer Society Calls for Grant Applications from Affiliated Cancer Support Centres in Co. Offaly

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 Dóchas Offaly Cancer Support and Midlands Myeloma Support Group to apply for funds. The Irish Cancer Society expects to grant over half a million euro this year to its affiliates and is welcoming applications from new cancer support centres who 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 who provide information and support services to people living with cancer.

Dorothy Thomas, Patient Support Services coordinator 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.

“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 16th April 2015. 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.”

The grants offered by the Society go towards the provision of counselling services for those affected by cancer, training and travel and the delivery of a number of support programmes which are proven to be effective including:

  •  Strides for Life – a walking programme that seeks to reduce the risk of secondary cancers by increasing fitness.
  • Prostate Support Group – a six session psycho-educational group for men who’ve had a diagnosis of prostate cancer.
  • Living Life – an eight session psycho-educational programme run over 16 weeks for people who have had a diagnosis of secondary cancer.
  • CLIMB® Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery – a six session closed group for children aged 5 – 12 who have a significant adult with cancer in their lives.

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. Provide reports relating to these services.

Affiliated organisations can download an application form at

For more information on Affiliates of the Irish Cancer Society go to or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310500.


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