New year, new services at Cork ARC

January 26th, 2018 7:10 AM

By Southern Star Team

Supermodel and actress Emily Ratajkowski visited Cork ARC Cancer Support House in Bantry in September where she met, from left, volunteer Claire Spillane and community cancer support co-ordinator Catriona O'Mahony.

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ART therapy is now available to cancer patients, family members and carers at Bantry’s Cork ARC Support House. 

The therapy is being offered on a one-to-one basis as a complementary therapy where visitors can safely express and work through the sometimes difficult feelings associated with cancer in a facilitated, confidential and safe space. 

Community cancer support co-ordinator at Cork ARC in Bantry, Catriona O’Mahony said: ‘Art therapy can support those who may be struggling with challenging situations that they find hard to talk about. 

‘Art therapy offers gentle ways to explore and express thoughts or feelings during and after cancer. You can benefit from and enjoy art therapy without having any experience in art at all.’ Marika O’Sullivan, currently a trainee MA art therapist in CIT will facilitate this support service.

Meanwhile, cancer patients, their families, carers and friends are welcome to drop in Bantry’s ARC Cancer Support House for support and information. Open each Tuesday and Thursday at The Bungalow, Goureebeg, from 10am to 4pm, no appointment is necessary. 

The drop in ‘Hour of Calm’ session continues every Tuesday from 11am. All those affected by cancer are welcome to drop in without an appointment to take part in a guided hour of relaxation and calming meditation. 

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