New scheme helps cancer sufferers

Arbroath Library will be taking part in the new service for cancer patients.
Arbroath Library will be taking part in the new service for cancer patients.

Local libraries have secured funding to establish and manage a specialist service for cancer patients and their families in Angus.

The Take Control project will involve the development of a new information and referral service which will be available through all libraries and mobile libraries in the county with each holding a specialist collection of resources for cancer patients.

Readers will be referred by key cancer health care providers and centres but self-referral will also be strongly encouraged.

The library will signpost readers to other local support services.

The council’s vice-convener of neighbourhood services, Jeanette Gaul, said: “We recognise that cancer affects a large proportion of our community at some time during their lives and the information needs of these patients and their families cannot be met with a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to provision.

“Through the Take Control project, Angus cancer patients will have local access to an authoritative, patient-focused collection of titles to help them take control of their illness in a pro-active way.”

Library staff will be working in partnership with local health care providers in promoting and referring patients to the collection which is expected to be launched in March 2014.

This project is supported by the Scottish Library and Information Council and the Scottish Government Public Library Quality Improvement Fund.