Worksop cancer charity Aurora Wellbeing Centre offers phone service due to coronavirus outbreak

Worksop’s Aurora Wellbeing Centre is offering telephone support to cancer sufferers and their loved ones after closing its centres in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

The charity has been forced to suspend all other activities - including beauty therapies and exercise classes, charity shops, tearoom and all social and support groups due to the virus outbreak.

As well as its Memorial Avenue building Aurora has shut its Doncaster and Mexborough centres until further notice.

However the charity - which supports people affected by a cancer diagnosis or living with a long term health condition - will offer access to its practitioners over the phone.

The centre has closed its building but is offering phone support

A spokesman said Aurora was in the process of developing plans to continue providing support to local people while following Government directives.

However they confirmed workers would be providing vital support to individuals - directing them to its own support services and to those across the area which continue to operate.

They will still carry out holistic health needs assessments for newly-diagnosed patients and those wishing to self-refer to the Aurora service.

Additional emotional support will be offered through Aurora’s telephone and Skype counselling service and support will continue for existing clients who require ongoing help with a variety of issues.

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Debra Fores, manager at Worksop’s Aurora Wellbeing Centre, said: “It is a priority for us to continue to offer as much support as we possibly can.

“Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and living with long term health conditions present many challenges and we are aware that our clients are likely to face additional stresses at this time.

“We are looking at ways in which we can continue to support the needs of our clients - maintaining access to a listening ear and directing individuals to other support services is crucial.

“Our aim is to keep in touch and we are encouraging people to get in touch with us and let us know if they need support.”

If you would like to speak to an Aurora Wellbeing Practitioner please phone 07591 952496.

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