Project information

Ayrshire Cancer Support Centre

The project is to replace our existing centre in Kilmarnock which is not big enough to cope with current and predicted future demand. There is not sufficient parking which is a disadvantage to patients/visitors to the centre. The centre is no longer fit for purpose to support cancer patients.

September 2015 - May 2016

Charity information: Ayrshire Cancer Support

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  • Need


    The project aims is to provide comfortable surroundings to offer current and new cancer patients an environment that is suitable to treat patients for counselling and to receive complimentary therapies for relaxation and pain management. The new centre will serve as the hub and head office for the charity and will be the first point of contact for those seeking to use our support services for transport, counselling and complimentary services.


    We have purchased a new building that is much bigger than the current centre. This building will be renovated to a higher standard and will enable us to offer our services to a wider audience to those who currently use it. We wish to make the new centre into a centre of excellence by providing the best possible care to patients, their families, and support groups who will use the facility. We hope to provide a more caring and relaxing environment to help the journey to recovery easier.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The aim is to build a centre that will provide a more relaxing environment for those who need it.


    » By building a more modern centre that will cater to all requirements for those who use the centre. The centre will be used by many people.

    The success of the new centre will be demonstrated by the number of people who use it. And the benefits they will receive from the more modern technology & updated tools provided.

  • Impact


    At present the need for our services for counselling and complementary services is increasing on a weekly basis. Our current centre cant provide the necessary environment needed. The new centre will have more counselling and therapy rooms which will enable us to offer more of the services to those who need this kind of support. Our services are offered to everyone around the patient who has been impacted by their family or friends diagnoses. We need to provide better facilities to do the job.


    We have bought the property but extensive work is required to make it the centre we need it to be. Our biggest risk is not securing sufficient funds to cover the costs that we need to raise to do the renovation and refurbishment work necessary. We have applied to various grant bodies to try and source the necessary funds required to carry out the work that needs to be done.


    We will report to donors at the end of each phase as it is completed. This will be done with a written report and photographs documenting the progress of the project. We will invite donors along to view the progress in person as each phase is completed.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £860,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £355,000 Building Cost of new centre
      £130,000 Fittings & Furnishing Refurbishment of the new centre
      £375,000 Building works Cost of renovation and extension work required

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    NHS £110,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The new centre is located in the heart of Kilmarnock at 5 Dundonald Road. It has easy access to those who will use or visit the centre. There is a local bus service that is near the centre.


    The services are available to those affected by cancer, this can be the patient their family, friends, work colleagues or carers. Cancer very often has a domino affect on those around the patient. We offer counselling, complimentary therapies for relaxation and pain management, group support, information services. Our volunteer drivers do on average 1000 patient journeys per month to hospitals for treatment. Over 130 counselling and over 120 therapy sessions per month.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity that provides all the services we do. Others in the area may provide one or more of the services but we provide all the support for the journey that a cancer patient has to travel along.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Charity CEO

    Our CEO will oversee the project and liaise with architects, planners, builders etc to ensure the project is progressing to plan.

    Charity Fundraiser

    It will be part of the fundraisers responsibility to try and source or access potential grants that ay be available to support the project cost.

    Charity Staff

    Again it will be the responsibility of the staff to ensure we communicate the correct messages to gain support for our project.


    The architect will be responsible for lodging all planning applications liaising with builders and contractors and ensure the project is within budget