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August 2022 Events and Treatments

We are not sure how, but it is nearly August?!
The good news is that this means we are ready to publish our August Calendar of events and treatments in the WICCI Centre – with a great summer vibe 🍓🫐🍇even if the weather hasn’t got the memo!!
We’ve got a great range of therapies and treatments on again in August, if you are interested in booking anything or finding out any more information, just get in touch.
This month, we have a trip organised down to Harris again for a day of treatments at the Harris Hotel.
We also have Kerrie, our wonderful Macmillan Nurse in for Drop In sessions – if you have any worries or niggles post treatment and want to speak to a health professional, just pop in on Thurs 11th August from 2pm.
Finally, our social event this month is with Coll Pottery for a workshop – Stella will be in on 31st August where you can make your own fabulous sun catcher – sounds like a lovely afternoon!
Just get in touch to book
706721 | office@wicci.org.uk | or send us a private message
💜💚Helen & Caroline 💚💜

 

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July 2022 Events and Treatments

Here is our Calendar of Treatments for July, if you, or someone you know would be interested in any of the treatments or therapies, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.  If you would like to know more information or would like to have a chat about which treatment or therapy may be best for you or a family member or friend affected by cancer, then just give us a call – 01851 706721.

We are obviously still very much aware of the restrictions around Covid 19, but please be assured we will be operating all of our treatments and therapies in a safe and controlled environment for our clients upmost safety at all times.  Some of our treatments (counselling & mindfulness coaching) can be delivered online.

This month we have a special workshop on the 12th of July  in the Stornoway Centre with Richard from Willowglen Garden Centre, he will be here at the WICCI centre with a selection of lovely pots and seasonal bright plants to choose from. He’ll guide you through selecting plants and making an outdoor pot to brighten up your doorstep or outdoor area.  Tuesday 12th July 2-4pm

We only have 6 spaces on this session, so please get in touch as soon as you can if you would like to attend this.

 

 

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Papers for WICCI AGM – 22nd June 2022

We are looking forward to our AGM on Wednesday 22nd June from 7pm here at the WICCI Offices in Stornoway, and available through Skype on request.

Here are the papers for the AGM including

If you would like to join us, please get in touch.

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June 2022 Events and Treatments

Here is our Calendar of Treatments for June, if you, or someone you know would be interested in any of the treatments or therapies, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.  If you would like to know more information or would like to have a chat about which treatment or therapy may be best for you or a family member or friend affected by cancer, then just give us a call – 01851 706721.

We are obviously still very much aware of the restrictions around Covid 19, but please be assured we will be operating all of our treatments and therapies in a safe and controlled environment for our clients upmost safety at all times.  Some of our treatments (counselling & mindfulness coaching) can be delivered online.

This month we have a special workshop on the 15th of June in the Stornoway Centre with Stella from Coll Pottery Craft Centre, she will be guiding us through making a glass sun catcher, this is suitable for complete beginners and will be a fun and relaxed afternoon.  We only have 6 spaces on this session, so please get in touch as soon as you can if you would like to attend this.

We are also delighted that on the 16th of June Norma from Immerse Hebrides is inviting people to join her for a refreshing dip, this is open to anyone who has been through or is going through cancer treatment and also family members. (Anyone going through active treatment should check with a medical professional first) All equipment is provided and entry to the water will be on a gentle slope. We are very grateful to Norma for organising and offering this session.

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WICCI AGM – Wednesday 22nd June 2022 from 7pm

It is nearly time for our AGM.  Our AGM is an opportunity to reflect on some of our achievements from 2021 and look forward to 2022 and beyond.

This year we are holding it in person at the WICCI Offices, with the option to dial in virtually if you wish.

Anyone can come along to the AGM – but you really wanted to show your support, you can also become a member of WICCI anytime by filling out the form attached.  Membership Form Aug20

We currently have the following Trustees on the WICCI Board

  • Donald Macleod – Chairman
  • Iain Macaulay – Vice Chair
  • Lindsay Macleod – Treasurer
  • Christina MacIver
  • Jessie Murray
  • Don Maclean
  • Margaret Eaves
  • Mabel Macleay
  • Andrew Sim
  • Donald John Macdonald
  • Mairi Helen Macdonald
  • Lorraine Sloan – Macmillan Cancer Support Scotland representative

If you are interested in coming along to the AGM, please let us know – office@wicci.org.uk or 01851706721.

We would be particularly keen to have some representation from the Southern Isles.

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May 2022 Events & Treatments

We are delighted to offer our treatments and therapies here at the WICCI Centre in Stornoway.

We are obviously still very much aware of the restrictions around Covid 19, but please be assured we will be operating all of our treatments and therapies in a safe and controlled environment for our clients upmost safety at all times.  Some of our treatments (counselling & mindfulness coaching) can be delivered online.

This month we have a special workshop in the Stornoway Centre with Sandwick Bay Candles who are running a candle making session where you will learn all about the candle making process and get to make your own candle.  We only have 6 spaces on this session, so please get in touch as soon as you can if you would like to attend this.  We are very much looking forward to the lovely smells that day and a chance to welcome people back into the WICCI centre for a relaxing and social activity.

The treatments and therapies are open to anyone affected by cancer, with up to 6 free sessions available for each treatment.

Please get in touch if you would like to book a session – 01851 706721 or office@wicci.org.uk

Here is our May Calendar

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March 2022 Events & Treatments

We are delighted to begin again to offer our treatments and therapies here at the WICCI Centre in Stornoway after a period of unpredictably and closure.

We are obviously still very much aware of the restrictions around Covid 19, but please be assured we will be operating all of our treatments and therapies in a safe and controlled environment for our clients upmost safety at all times.  Some of our treatments (counselling & mindfulness coaching) can be delivered online.

The treatments and therapies are open to anyone affected by cancer, with up to 6 free sessions available for each treatment.

Please get in touch if you would like to book a session – 01851 706721 or office@wicci.org.uk

Here is our March Calendar:

And here is a bit more information about the individual treatments and therapies on offer:

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How can we help?

How can we help?
Sometimes navigating the path through cancer treatment can be tough, there’s often lots of information being thrown at you and details of who can help you at this time, so we thought we should break down a bit about what WICCI (Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative) is all about…
We are a local Charity, established in 2017 to help people with some financial support as they go through treatment. Our Social Fund is open to anyone going through treatment with grants of up to £500 available. The application process is easy, confidential and discreet. We receive funding from Macmillan Cancer Support to run this fund, which comes directly from the money raised in the Western Isles for Macmillan through fundraising from the likes of Macmillan Cancer Support – Isle of Lewis ?
We have supported 480 applications for funding, distributing over £250,000 since the fund opened in 2018.
We also run lots of complementary therapies and counselling sessions from our base in Stornoway and also throughout the Islands (when covid restrictions ease).
We have Oncology Massage, Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Podiatry, Mindfulness Coaching, Art Therapy, Counselling and more. These sessions are available to anyone affected by cancer, with up to 6 free treatments available. These are funded directly from donations received.
Last year we also lunched the WICCI Rainbow ? Care Boxes ?which are gift boxes that can be sent to people who are going through treatment, containing a mix of practical and comforting items to help them at that time. More details can be found at WICCI Rainbow Care Boxes – Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI)
That’s just a snapshot of what we do – we also help signpost you to other agencies, run information sessions on topics related to cancer treatment or side effects and raise awareness of cancer related conditions and treatments.
We are a non-clinical service, we do not provide medical advice or deal with your treatment plan or delivery – we leave that to the professionals ?
If you are, or someone you know is, going through or been through cancer treatment, then please do get in touch to discuss how we could possibly support you. We are just at the end of the phone (01851 706721), email (office@wicci.org.uk) or direct message though our social media channels (@wiccioffice).
You don’t need to go down this track alone. ??
Picture credit – uncharted_hebrides
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WICCI reaches new milestone

The Trustees at the Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative recently awarded the 400th application for funding from the WICCI Social Fund, a financial support package of up to £500 for individuals who are going through cancer treatment.  Since the fund opened in 2018, over £220,000 has been distributed to those affected by cancer in the Western Isles, helping with costs such as mainland travel not covered by WIHB patient travel, heating costs, clothing, financial arrears and much more.

For one recipient, the money really helped at a stressful time “I am so worried about money, more than the cancer or the treatment.  This assistance just takes some of that worry away so I can focus on what is ahead of me”

The Social Fund is a confidential and discreet source of assistance for anyone who is experiencing rising costs as a result of their diagnosis.  Applications can be made directly to the WICCI office or through your GP, Macmillan Nurse or other healthcare professional.  We work closely with the local Macmillan Benefits Adviser who can also help with excellent advice on benefit entitlement and Macmillan Patient Grants as well as other matters.

The WICCI Social Fund is 100% funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, directly through the donations made to the charity from the Western Isles.

As well as the WICCI Social Fund, the WICCI Centre in Stornoway offers advice and support and is slowly reopening the wide range of complementary therapies and counselling available to anyone affected by cancer.

One user who recently received a treatment at the centre explained the impact of the service “I had the most amazing session, I have always loved a massage but didn’t have one since my cancer and avoided them as I didn’t feel comfortable.  Ann was amazing, gentle and kind and made me feel so comfortable.  Thank you so much”

The therapies and counselling services are now reopened after a period of closure due to the pandemic, with some sessions available online.  All therapies and treatments are operated in strict compliance with covid regulations and users can be assured of a safe and clean environment to enjoy some much needed tlc.

Treatments and services are all available free of charge to anyone affected by cancer – so this could be the individual themselves or members of their family who may be struggling too.  The treatments are all funded by donations from the community of the Western Isles.  Uist and Barra treatments and counselling services are available and due to be expanded in the coming months.  The project is always looking for therapists or counsellors to work with them, so get in touch if you feel you could offer something to the project.

Another development within the WICCI project is ‘cancer care’ gift boxes, which are due to be launched in the next month.  These are gift packages that friends and family could arrange to be sent to someone who is going through cancer treatment.  The boxes are filled with practical and comforting items which could help soothe some common aliments of treatment as well as providing some nice reminders of home.  As ever, the business community of the Western Isles have been tremendous in their support of the WICCI Project, with many providing items for the boxes at cost or significantly reduced prices, ensuring that as much can be crammed into the packages at a reasonable cost.  Special thanks have to go to Ishga, Sandwick Bay Candles, K J Macdonald Ltd, Nicolsons Papershop, Stag Bakeries, Cards & Gift Wrap (Janet Ross Gordon) and others.

The boxes will be available to purchase online through the WICCI website (www.wicci.org.uk) and prices will range from £15- £90 plus postage.

For more information about the WICCI Project, just get in touch through our Facebook Page @wiccioffice or call 01851 706721 or pop by the office on Cromwell Street (beside Kopi Java).

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Papers for WICCI AGM – Thursday 23rd Sept 2021

Here are the papers for the 2020 AGM happening on Thursday 23rd September 2021.  All are welcome to join the meeting.

Membership forms are also available.

Agenda 2021 AGM

WICCI 2020 ANNUAL REPORT

AGM 170920 minutes

WICCI 2020 Accounts

Membership Form Aug20

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