Meet and Mutual Support Sessions
DAST aim to hold several of these Sessions each year, at locations throughout the East Midlands. We invite people who are suffering from an asbestos related disease such as Mesothelioma and Lung cancer to come along and have tea and cakes and meet others in the same situation.
Several events each year, ongoing
Charity information: Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team
Those suffering from asbestos disease often feel isolated. Mesothelioma in particular is a little known condition and it is rare that a sufferer will know of someone else that has been affected. Often, people become weary of having to explain what Mesothelioma is. Mesothelioma is a traumatic disease as it is and these feelings of isolation reduce further the chance of general wellbeing and optimism.
Our meet up sessions bring people together from a similar geographical area. They are given tea and cakes and an informal environment where they can chat and make new contacts, even friends. DAST have professional people in place to answer any questions that may have arisen since diagnosis. Carers/spouses/friends/family are also welcome as they are also often in need of support too.
To bring together those directly affected by asbestos disease.
Activities» Holding a number of meet up sessions throughout the East Midlands each year.
What success will look like
Numbers attending each session and completing feedback forms about their experiences on the day.
Contacts and friendships built up among people suffering from asbestos disease. Feedback forms demonstrate how well this has been achieved.
None. We have been holding these sessions for some time now and they are always a success.
Annual Report, newsletters and social media all carry notifications and reports on our activities.
Budget - Project Cost: £540Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £200 Postage Sending out flyers inviting people £100 Stationery Printing of flyers, booking forms, envelopes £100 Room Hire Hiring a venue for the meet up £100 Staff Expenses Travel to venue, professionals expenses £40 Refreshments Tea and cakes to facilitate chat
We try and cover all of the areas where DAST help asbestos victims. Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire. Recent events have been held in Derby, Lincoln and Kettering.
Anyone affected by asbestos disease and their carers/spouses/family/friends.
DAST cover the East Midlands.
Because we have already made contact with those affected. Macmillan Lung Nurses refer those newly diagnosed onto us for a home visit, where we help to launch claims for financial entitlements. We can therefore directly invite the people that the events are aimed at.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Joanne is the DAST Co-ordinator with responsibility for organising events.