Project information

Support Centre for people living with Cancer

Cancer affects the lives of many people – patients, family, friends and professional carers. Cancer Support Scotland provides a range of free services, to those living with cancer. The new Support Centre will provide much needed additional space to extend the provision of these vital services.

January 2011 - December 2012

Charity information

Cancer Support Scotland (Tak Tent)

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  • Need


    With life expectancy rising, there are more people in our communities, which sadly means many more cancer patients and families coping with and adapting to living with the disease. Demand for our services is increasing, with referrals from other cancer charities, oncology professionals and directly from patients. Currently we work from a 2nd floor former nurses flat in the Gartnavel grounds, but more space is required with accessible, dedicated facilities for the specialist services we provide.


    The new support centre will be a fully equipped with specific rooms, areas and resources to meet the current and future needs of the patients and families we work with. This will include counselling rooms, wig and hairdressing area, therapy suite, information centre, library space, welcome area, offices and a peaceful garden area. Additionally there will be space for use by both Cancer Support Scotland and the local community for education, training, workshops and meetings.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    to increase and extend the range of services availlable


    » adding an extension to the building as part of the renovation, which will provide three purpose built therapy/counselling rooms
    » equipping of a fourth room on ground floor as a therapy/counselling room
    » providing space for a wig / hairdressing service

    Success will be indicated by an increase in sessions provided and an uptake of new services - the potential is to double the current capacity.

    Aim 2

    to ensure accessibility to all facilities


    » new building is at ground level (current location is on 2nd floor and accessable only by stairs)
    » separate access to lower level for disabled users

    Success will be indicated by the use of the facilities and services by individuals with accessability requirements who are currently unable to use our services.

    Aim 3

    to provide meeting, training and learning space for organisation and the wider community


    » the incorporation of two flexible meeting rooms in renovation for use by charity and local community organisations and groups
    » the creation of multi-purpose event/meeting space for holding fundraising events, awareness days, seminars and conferences

    Success will be indicated by the use of the facilities by a range of local community organisations and groups, as well as our Support Groups and staff.

    Aim 4

    to provide more appropriate office space for Cancer Support Scotland staff


    » the creation of increased and more effective office space to allow all stafft to work form one location and enabling networked systems

    Success will be indicated in the improved efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation and by all staff being able to work from a single location.

  • Impact


    The new location will enable Cancer Support Scotland to provide, at least twice as many clients (over 5,000) with an improved quality of treatment in a much more accessible and beneficial environment. This will support the increase in demand already being made of these services. The multi-purpose meeting spaces will enable us to provide training and seminars in-house, and offer these facilities to the local community, also giving them the opportunity to be involved and supportive of our work.


    As with all capital projects, there is risk of building costs rising. This has been taken into account during the budgeting process with contingency budgets in place as appropriate.


    All donors making significant contributions will receive an annual or six monthly update once the project begins to advise of progress - as well as any donors who have specific requests for this or at alternative frequencies. In addition Cancer Support Scotland has a regular e-news update.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £661,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £321,000 building purchase of renovated building from GBPT
      £100,000 equiping furnishing & equiping of centre
      £80,000 take care appeal move to new building & appeal
      £160,000 service development year one new service implementation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anonymous Trust £100,000 Guaranteed
    received grants / income £141,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Cancer Support Scotland has provided services and supported a network of local Support Groups for those living with cancer for over 30 years. It works in partnership with other leading cancer charities to provide and improve services for cancer patients. It has been based within the grounds of Gartnavel, and will continue to be, ensuring that services are provided from a convenient location for clients - near their treatment centre or in their local town through Support Groups.


    The beneficiaries will continue to be all those living with cancer – patients, families, friends and the professionals who care for them. The more appropriate and purpose designed rooms will enable not just more people to benefit, but also those for whom access has previously been difficult or impossible. In addition the new building will also benefit local community groups and organisations as well as partner cancer charities that will be able to use the facilities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The charity’s base is located beside the Beatson Oncology Unit, the West of Scotland’s cancer centre, placing it in the perfect position for people receiving cancer treatment. This and the charity’s network of partnerships means that the services provided by Cancer Support Scotland will be accessible to many more people. Whilst other cancer charities do similar work, they do not provide all the support services we offer. This is our focus, complementing other work to benefit cancer patients.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Glasgow Building Preservation Trust

    GBPT is partnering the project and is tasked to raise £1.3 million for the project and take a lead role in managing and overseeing the renovation.

planned new Support Centre

planned new Support Centre

“We refused to die, now help us to cope with living”.

from report on those surviving cancer