October 26, 2020

Purple patch: Wicklow cancer support rolls out nationwide service

Purple House Cancer Support is to roll out nationwide in response to demands for its services across the country during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Purple House has developed a range of online support services that are now available to patients and their families across the country.

The online services mean that patients can receive support and attend classes and support groups from their hospital bed or from the comfort of their own home.

The support services on offer include telephone and video counselling, online Cancer Support groups, classes in relaxation, creative writing, and ukulele lessons.

Children living with cancer will also be supported through online art therapy classes on zoom and before each class, each child is posted an activity pack, which they will make during the class.

These services help children to come to terms with a cancer diagnosis and learn skills to cope with their feelings and emotions, while also interacting with other children in the same situation.

“Covid19 has forced us to look at how we provide our Cancer Support Services. Social distancing measures have created an opportunity for us to reach more people by providing a range of services online,” Purple House’s Conor O’Leary says.

“A physical room can only hold so many people, but by using technology like Zoom we can have hundreds of people attend the same class anywhere in Ireland or around the world at no extra cost.”

For more information contact Purple House on 012866966 or visit www.purplehouse.ie

Picture: Teresa Grant and Amanda Doyle host a Purple House Art Therapy Class for Children  

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