My name is Sarah Norris a student nurse. I am a second-year nursing student who came to Cancer Relief Centre (Gibraltar) for voluntary placement.
My time at the Cancer Relief Centre has far exceeded my expectations. I came in with some misguided expectations of what the day centre would involve. It is so much more than just the complementary therapies offered, including exercise, aromatherapy and counselling. The Centre provides holistic care not only to patients but the friends and family of those affected by cancer. The Centre also offer respite to families and carers and provides hospice care to patients who are entering the end of their life making it possible for them to be cared for at home. Going over and above the Centre also provides bereavement support, specialist clinics, equipment loans and also financial support.
Every member of the team has been friendly, warm and welcoming toward me. From the processes of application to starting my placement and thereafter conducting the various roles has been seamless and very professional. Members of the team have personally taught me new skills and knowledge in so many areas.
Everyone I have met and who has engaged with who uses the services is having a positive experience and only has wonderful things to say about the nurses and volunteers running the centre.
To anyone thinking about using the service/facility or even volunteering, I would say come and take a look around and you would be surprised how much they offer and all in a lovely warm atmosphere and in a beautiful setting.