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Better Future For Motherwell Care Groups
Two hard-working groups who faced a bleak future after losing the roof over their heads just before Christmas are back in business with a new premises and a united outlook.
The news about the new joint Cancer Support and Multiple Sclerosis Group’s prospects came less than a month after they were told they could no longer use the Dalziel Centre in Motherwell.
The organisations were among the centre’s last remaining users.
Both individual groups, as they then were, hit out at NHS Lanarkshire, complaining they were given just three weeks’ notice of the fact that the centre was closing.
And they admitted that they would have to find alternative premises or close down altogether.
Health chiefs said that as neither group now has an input from health staff, there is no longer a need to meet in healthcare premises.
NHS Lanarkshire said they had actively supported both groups with the transition.
Members of the Cancer Support Group were reviewed by Macmillan Nurses to identify any “ongoing support needs”, said the health board.
And NHS Lanarkshire’s MS nurses met with the multiple sclerosis support group to discuss the move and offer support.
The Dalziel Centre was formerly a day hospital for cancer patients.
Things progressed after Isabel Jardine of the MS Group approached Motherwell United Services’ Club to see about making a move.
Sandra Tolan of the Cancer Support Group said, “Bella got in touch with the club, which is in a really good position right near the town centre, to see if there was a chance of us both moving there.”
“They came back to us with a rate which we judged to be fair and we move in on Wednesday.
“After this week, we’ll be there on Thursdays as well. It’s ideal.”
During the negotiations over the new premises it was decided to amalgamate the two groups.
The cancer organisation has around 16 members while the MS group have about 30 people at their meetings.
“It makes sense to put on a united front for the future and the groups have always been close in any case, because of our shared premises,” Sandra said.
“Both groups provide something of a lifeline for people who might otherwise not get out of the house and that’s why we felt it was vital to keep them going — and even amalgamate them.”