Applications received to date
Awarded to date
New cancer cases in Eilean Siar each year
People affected by cancer in Eilean Siar

Up to £500 per year is available to individuals affected by cancer

The Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI) is a registered local charity. As a charity we have developed a unique partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to address needs and provide support for specific issues faced by cancer patients and their families throughout the Western Isles.

Please get in touch on 01851 706721 or email office@wicci.org.uk for an Enquiry Form

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Upcoming events

  • 08 Jun 2020

    Hebridean Harmony

    The Hebridean Harmony singing for pleasure group is at the WICCI Centre every Monday at 2:30 PM.
  • 11 Jun 2020

    Counselling with Marina Sinclair

    BACP accredited, Marina Sinclair will be here at the WICCI Centre as part of our counselling team every Thursday Morning…
  • 15 Jun 2020

    Hebridean Harmony

    The Hebridean Harmony singing for pleasure group is at the WICCI Centre every Monday at 2:30 PM.
  • 18 Jun 2020

    Counselling with Marina Sinclair

    BACP accredited, Marina Sinclair will be here at the WICCI Centre as part of our counselling team every Thursday Morning…

Hi All, sorry we have been so quiet on here...Helen and Christian were working from home but a decision was made by Trustees and Macmillan Cancer Support that it would be best, under these uncertain times, to enter them into the Government’s furlough scheme.
Since then, the Trustees have been dealing with any enquiries that come in and processing applications for funding.
We do not know when WICCI will be physically open again, but in the meantime, if you need financial assistance, please get in touch using the usual phone/email/messaging and we will get to you as soon as possible.
We hope you are all coping as well as you can be in these circumstances, and really look forward to the day we can be open to supporting you face to face again.
Best wishes, WICCI Trustees
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Great to see technology overcoming some of the issues of lockdown...More than 160 virtual healthcare appointments in the Western Isles last 2 weeks!
All GP Practices, hospitals and other care settings across Scotland have been asked to increase use of remote consultations by telephone or video, through Near Me.

NHS Western Isles had already successfully used this service effectively for several years, but has now successfully expanded its use to all specialties, including GP Practices across the Western Isles, and local opticians.

Patient feedback has been extremely positive across the board, as the service is easy to use and enables people to continue to access healthcare services remotely from the comfort of their own homes.

In terms of the use of Near Me in the last 2 weeks there were 163 virtual appointments totalling 37 hours of consultation time across nine services:

Various GP Practices
Child and Adult Mental Health Services
Speech and Language Therapy
Nutrition and Dietetics
Diabetes Specialist Nursing
Orthopaedic Surgery

Virtual Reception enables Patient Services staff to #stayathome too!

As part of the remote access to services, NHS Western Isles has also recently set up a virtual reception service to help patients access Near Me VC appointments.

The virtual reception is staffed by real members of our Patient Services team who will answer VC calls and transfer patients to the right Virtual Waiting Room for their Near Me appointment.

NHS Western Isles Patient Services Team member, Liz Macleod, stated that it is a ‘great resource’ that ‘runs very smoothly’.

She added: “It really is fantastic that patients and clinicians can still see each other and interact virtually.

“I am very grateful to be able to #stayathome but to be able to continue to provide a service to colleagues and patients at the hospital.”

Just ask your GP or other health care professional for a Near Me, Attend Anywhere or VC appointment, and we’ll do the rest.

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The wonderful Maggie's Highland centre are offering some of their group sessions through online methods or phone chats. If you feel you need some support whilst at home, please get in touch with Maggie's Highland.We are here for you on the phone, via email, and also through video groups or one to one conversations.

Coming up this week:

Mindfulness - Tuesday - 10:00am

Young Women's Group - Tuesday - 1:00pm

Gynae Cancer Network Group - Wednesday - 4:00pm

Family Support Group - Thursday - 11:00am

Relaxation - Thursday - 12:00pm

Men's Support Group - Friday - 1:00pm

If you would like to take part in any of these groups please give us a call on 01463 706306 and leave a message for us, or email on highlands@maggiescentres.org so that we can get your details to invite you.

Please share with your family and friends on Facebook so that they know they can get in touch with us if needed.
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Macmillan’s Online Community – we’re here for you

If you’re facing cancer, or love someone who is, there may be times when you need to talk about things or just hear from those who’ve been there. Our Online Community has people who understand how you feel, because they’re facing cancer too.

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“Thank you to WICCI, this money has helped me and my family at a time of real need.”

“I would encourage anyone with cancer to apply.”

WICCI Applicant

Macmillan Cancer Support Isle of Lewis

Margaret’s Story

“My husband was ill for almost three years and by the end I thought of our Macmillan Nurse not just as a nurse, but as a friend,” said Macmillan Cancer Support Isle of Lewis Committee member Margaret Eaves.

Margaret was first introduced to the work of Macmillan Nurses when her late husband Bob, former Chief Librarian in Stornoway, was diagnosed with cancer nearly ten years ago.

And the dedication, support, empathy and advice received throughout Bob’s illness – and in turn her son David’s subsequent cancer diagnosis – led Margaret to join the local Committee to raise funds and awareness of a service that she says ‘is way more than what you first think’.

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