Croston House – Services Update

Croston House has undergone a lot of change at Management level over the last 12-18 months, mainly due to a fall in income along with ever raising costs. Also Margaret O’Donoghue, the founder of the charity and CEO, has now retired, although keeping her hand in at the Garstang shop.

The service we offer now, is largely a free therapy based, with expertise especially in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), but also in bereavement counselling and peer support through creative art and craft groups. Complementary Therapy is also offered free of charge, for those who are affected by cancer; patients, family members and carers.

As a cancer support and information charity we recognise that:
• the biggest risk factor for cancer is still age.
• for many people irrespective of the advances in treatment, psychologically there is a huge shock to receiving a cancer diagnosis.
• despite advances in making diagnoses earlier and more targeted treatment, some people will not have a good outcome.

Research shows that MBCT is a promising intervention in cancer care, helping to increase health and well-being and decrease psychological distress. We currently run one programme a year at Croston House, which we fund ourselves through our local charity shops and fundraising events.

The MBCT courses are fully evaluated and run by our Psychotherapist, who has a regional profile in Mindfulness practice and has ran many training session for cancer professionals within local health services.

Our services also offer benefits to the community in helping to reduce isolation, especially after bereavement (our current support is offered to bereavement through cancer diagnosis only). Better psychological wellbeing then leads to reduced demands on existing health services. And those of working age are able to continue working or return to work quicker, so less demand of social services; benefits; housing etc. And by equipping clients with coping strategies to manage their condition and any side effects from treatments into survivorship and ultimately improve quality of life.

Another services which we, as a charity provide, is the Children’s and Young Person’s support service, recently launched, called STRIDE. This offers support for children and young people who are affected by bereavement.

There will be a Charity Coffee Morning on the 2nd October 2014 at Garstang United Reformed Church. More details nearer the time.

If you require more information, or would just like an informal chat, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ruth Hornsby

Service Coordinator
Croston House (open Mon, Weds, & Thurs)
113 Croston Road
01995 606469