About

SECF Solas Cancer Support Centre Mission

To support people affected by cancer, their families and carers in Waterford and the South East.

What We Do:

1. Firstly and foremost we provide the highest quality cancer support services to the people of Waterford and the South East. These support services include counselling, relaxation therapies and group support services which are provided at the Solas Cancer Support Centre. We provide those affected by cancer, their families and carers with a safe place; a place to talk things over, to relax and express emotions.

2. We ensure that the people of the South East have access to the very best medical treatment for cancer and services to diagnose cancer as early as possible. We supported the staffing of the South East clinical trials unit to ensure that people have access to taking part in research studies to improve outcomes for those affected by cancer. We advocate and campaign at national level – with Government and HSE – to ensure that the cancer services in the South East region of Ireland are world class and are accessible to all. In the past, we successfully campaigned for the need for accessible radiotherapy services and a National Cancer Centre in the South East.

3. We promote awareness and educate people about cancer. This includes cancer prevention, the early diagnosis of cancer and recovery from cancer. We promote a change of mindset around cancer – to help all of us to talk more freely about cancer, to live with it and encourage the whole community to support people living with cancer and their families and carers.

Our Core Values

Our Core Values are unique to the Solas Cancer Support Centre Brand. They form an integral part of the “essence” of what the Solas Cancer Support Centre is. They each describe what the experience of interaction with the Solas Cancer Support Centre should be. They are a benchmark for every facet of day-to-day interactions with:

  • Clients of the Centre
  • The Community we serve – the people of the South East
  • Colleagues of the Solas Cancer Support Centre – our Volunteers, Service Providers, Staff and Supporters

Our Core Values

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01. Excellence
  • Progressive
  • Leading
  • Advocate
  • Independent
  • To be progressive and continue to strive for excellence in everything we do.
  • To be a leading expert in our field
  • To act as an advocate in the fight against cancer.
  • To act with the freedom given by being independent of political influence and support.
02. Empowerment
  • Empathetic
  • Compassionate
  • Comforting
  • Inspiring
  • To be empathetic to our clients, staff, volunteers and suppliers.
  • To be compassionate in all our dealings with our clients, staff, volunteers and suppliers.
  • To offer unconditional comfort and support to our clients.
  • To inspire new ideas and give hope, and consequently stimulate the public, our clients, staff, volunteers and suppliers.
03. Trustworthiness
  • Ethical
  • Reliable
  • Professional
  • Transparent
  • Confidential
  • To treat all our clients information with confidentiality
  • To be ethical and honest in all our dealings and communications.
  • To be reliable and accessible to those we deal with everyday.
  • To conduct ourselves professionally, responsibly and with integrity.
  • To conduct all our dealings transparently.
04. Community
  • Living
  • Family
  • Partnership
  • Teamwork
  • To be a living and active energy for our clients, staff and the public of the South East
  • To represent ourselves as a family unit with all the security and comfort that goes with it
  • To treat the relationships within the centre, with our clients and our suppliers as a partnership
  • To always encouraging teamwork and the philosophy that the group is stronger than the individual
05. Respect
  • Welcoming
  • Listening
  • Responsive
  • Positive
  • To have a welcoming, open and accessible service to the people of the South East
  • To focus on listening to staff, clients, suppliers and the public, to be person centric
  • To be flexible and responsive to the specific needs and requirements of our clients
  • To be a positive energy, both publicly and privately, internally and externally

Caring for Our Clients

We serve the needs of our Clients from Waterford and across the South East region.

  • In 2016, 537 new Clients came to the Solas Cancer Support Centre for support of which 25% were men.

Solas Cancer Support Centre Running costs for 2016

Cost of providing services to Clients   €282,760
Administration and building running costs   €117,367
Total expenditure   €400,127
Income (from community fundraising)   €303,195
Deficit (expenditure less income) – €96,932

The total amount of salaries paid by the Solas Cancer Support Centre in 2016 was €116,421 to 1 full time and 4 part time staff.

Statistics from 2016

In 2016 we provided over 4,000 one to one support services to clients which included:

  • Complimentary Therapies  2637
  • Counselling                            1228
  • Art Therapy                            185
  • Music Therapy                       38

Over 300 Group Support sessions were held in 2016 with an average of 50 clients per week availing of these group activities which include our Art Group, Crochet Group, Bereavement Group, Meditation, Yoga, Mindfulness, Men’s Support Group, Strides for Life Walking program, Women’s Support Group and a range of information sessions.

Our Team

Today, the Solas Cancer Support Centre is supported by over 70 volunteers who help us with Client Services and fundraising activities.

  • Over 30 counsellors & therapists who support our Clients and their needs at the Centre or as part of our Outreach service.
  • 6 community employment scheme workers who help with the day to day running of the Centre and the maintenance of our gardens.
  • 4 part time staff & 1 full time staff member in the roles of Centre Manager, Client Services Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator, Accounts Administrator and Administrator.

Board of Directors

The South Eastern Cancer Foundation/Solas Cancer Support Centre is a registered charity (charity registration number CHY15280) and a registered company limited by guarantee. It is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors made up of leading medical experts, professionals (including legal, business, community, communication and financial), cancer survivors and service users. No fees or expenses are paid to directors of the Solas Cancer Support Centre.

Our current Board Members:

  • Dr Paula Calvert
  •  Dr Brian Creedon (Chair)
  •  Mr Simon Fahey
  •  Ms Dee Jacques
  •  Mr Marian Keane
  •  Mr Seamus Kilgannon
  •  Mr John Lawless
  •  Mr Fiachra O’Ceilleachair
  •  Mr Mattie O’Shea