The Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI) is a registered 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.

We offer a wide variety of services – our WICCI Social Fund, our range of complementary therapies, group activities and counselling services through our WICCI Centre in Stornoway and WICCI office in Balivanich, our WICCI Care Box scheme and access to support, information and a place to drop by and have a coffee and a blether about what is happening with you at that time.

SOCIAL FUND

  • Up to £500 is available
  • Unique partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Referrals to other support agencies
  • Information presented anonymously

We support individuals financially with grants of up to £500 per year to those affected by cancer in the Western Isles through our Social Fund.  These grants can be used to support costs such as; basic living expenses, travel costs (over and above those supported by Patient Travel) and specialist equipment or support required as a result of a cancer diagnosis, treatment or recovery.  We have supported over 930 individuals since the WICCI Social Fund was established in 2018, distributing around £500,000 in that time.

Individuals should get in touch with the WICCI office to determine eligibility for the Social Fund or speak to your Macmillan Nurse or GP or anyone else involved in your care. You will then be asked to complete an Application Form which will ask for specific information on your current situation and the circumstances for which you require assistance. You will be asked to provide information of your current care or treatment.

Your application will then be assessed by the WICCI Office staff and sent to our Trustees.  Please be assured that all information is treated in the strictest confidence, and assessments of funding are presented to the WICCI Trustees anonymously.

Get in touch if you have any issues or financial burdens arising from a cancer diagnosis or treatment.

WICCI Centre 

  • Warm, relaxing and welcoming environment
  • Wide range of services and therapies offered
  • Up to 6 free treatments for each therapy available
  • Professional, discreet and understanding therapists to support you

In September 2018, the WICCI Centre based in Cromwell Street, Stornoway opened to provide support and non-clinical advice to those affected by cancer and then in November 2023 we opened an office in Balivanich, Benbecula to offer support to those affected by cancer living in Uist & Barra.

We offer a wide selection of complementary therapies, counselling and social activities to anyone affected by cancer – so that could be someone who is going through or been through treatment or family members who are struggling with the diagnosis or loss of someone with cancer.  Every month we publish our calendar, which you can access in our News section or through our Social Media channels – or we can add you to our distribution list to receive a copy by email.

Our Centre is a welcoming and warm environment, with a large seating area at the front for our social activities and two treatment rooms providing a relaxing and quiet space to enjoy treatments.  We work with a number of fully qualified therapists who provide their treatments for us here at WICCI, we are so thankful for their skills and knowledge of their therapies and how they can positively help those affected by cancer.  We are so aware of the pressures a cancer diagnosis can have on the individual and their family, from the physical side effects to the anxiety, tension and mental worries it can bring.  We want to try and help relieve some of these for you, so please tell us what it is you are experiencing and we will try and fit you with the best treatment or therapist to help.  You can receive up to 6 free treatments for each therapy on offer.  All of our treatments are funded through donations or grant funding received by WICCI including Pentland Windfarm, CalMac Community Fund and the Coop Community Fund.

We have the following treatments on offer:

ReflexologyReflexology is a type of massage that involves applying different amounts of pressure to the feet, hands, and ears.

Reiki – Reiki is a gentle but powerful “hands on” technique which aims to restore the natural balance in the body. A Reiki treatment is safe, non intrusive and non manipulative. You remain fully clothed for this treatment.

Indian Head Massage – Indian Head Massage is a non-invasive massage performed to the head, shoulders, neck, scalp and face. A range of different massage movements are used to improve circulation and may help with relieving stress, tension, fatigue. 

Foot & Leg Massage – A relaxing and gentle treatment which can relax your body and mind, improve your mood, relieve tension and pain in muscles and can improve circulation. A recent study in Canada showed that a foot massage helped people affected by cancer who were experiencing nausea and pain as a result of treatment and increased energy levels. Angie Louch from The Angie Touch is our therapist for Foot & Leg Massage

Podiatry – Podiatry can help to improve your mobility and independence through the prevention and management of foot problems.  Kevin Macdonald BSc Hons Podiatry offers our Podiatry services here at the WICCI Centre or some home visits.  

Mindfulness CoachingMindfulness Coaching is “simply keeping our attention with the reality and aliveness of the present moment.” Mindfulness is an evidence-based practice, with many life and well-being improving benefits and is broadly recommended by healthcare professionals as an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety.  Holly provides Mindfulness Coaching here at WICCI.  She is based in Stornoway, but can deliver coaching sessions online or over the phone.

Counselling at WICCI 

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, we can help.

We have two fully qualified, professional counsellors available to provide support – Helen Kirkman and Catherin Barron. 

These posts are part funded by the CMHWF