Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI) trustees have taken the decision to close the WICCI centre on Cromwell Street for treatments as of tomorrow (Monday 16 March).

The closure has been described as ‘for the foreseeable future’ and comes in light of advice and direction from other cancer support centres in Scotland. 

WICCI centre manager Helen Sandison said: “Very sorry to be doing this, but hope you can all understand the need to keep everyone as protected as we can.”

Stornoway’s Failte Centre on Bayhead has similarly decided to close until further notice. In an announcement today (Sunday) a spokesman said: “We have taken advice on the current Covid 19 situation and have decided that, as we are ALL in the age group most at risk from the virus in the Thursday Lunch Club, we will be discontinuing our lunches as from today. 

“This is very disappointing for us as we make a point of not closing but in this instance, we think that we are being prudent. We will keep this closure under review and we look forward to reopening as soon as we can.”

[Published: September 12, 2019]

A counselling service for people affected by cancer is to begin at the new Western Isles Cancer Care centre on Cromwell Street next week.

Counsellor Dolina Grant, who is trained by the Scottish counselling and psychotherapy body COSCA and by the bereavement care charity CRUSE, is to be joined by Marina Sinclair, who is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

A spokesman for WICCI said: “When gathering initial feedback about what those affected by cancer would like to see available at the WICCI Centre, a counselling service was the most requested.

“Whether you want to talk about the impact of your diagnosis and any anxieties you may have, develop strategies to help you deal with the emotional effects of treatment or if a member of your family is dealing with cancer and you would just like to speak to someone - please do not hesitate in contacting the WICCI Centre. Your privacy will be respected at all times.”

Marina Sinclair’s first available appointment is on Thursday 26th September while Dolina Grant has appointment time available from Tuesday 17th September.

You can make appointments by calling in at the centre at 87 Cromwell Street or by calling WICCI on 01851 706721.

The new Cancer Care Centre on Cromwell Street has announced its opening programme of therapies, starting tomorrow (Thursday August 29th).

The new centre, which is a joint project between Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI) and Macmillan Cancer Care, offers an informal, comfortable space for people affected by cancer to meet for social functions, moral support and well-being.

A vision for cancer care in the islands is set to be realised, with a dedicated centre for cancer patients to be opened in Stornoway town centre.

Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI)  yesterday (Wednesday June 12th) launched a GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/wicci-cancer-support-centre-setup-costs) to help with the costs of fitting out the new centre, which they plan to open for service in September this year.

A brand new centre for people affected by cancer is open for business in Stornoway town centre – and open for a look around on Thursday (August 22nd).

The new headquarters of Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI) is holding an open afternoon, where visitors can see the facilities and take advantage of drinks, nibbles and a warm welcome.