Smyth raises future of Cuan Cancer Social Support and Wellness Group in Dáil

cancer support cuanFianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has raised the future of Cuan Cancer Social Support and Wellness Group in Dáil Éireann in a dedicated debate convened by the Deputy recently.


She commented, “Cuan Cancer Social Support and Wellness Group, based in Cavan town offer support to cancer patients, their families, and uniquely provide an aftercare service once a patient has finished their cancer treatment.

“However, due to lack of funding from central government there are real fears over the volume of service that the group can continue to provide.


“Since their formation the group has grown rapidly. In 2018 they had 69 new clients and in 2019 there was 121 new clients following a move to a new venue. Counselling services provided by Cuan have risen considerably in the past couple of years.  


“This is all provided by volunteers, donations, fundraising, and a small grant from the Irish Cancer Society. Cuan have previously engaged with the Minister for Health to seek funding but were directed to apply for funding from the HSE or the Lottery. This has never led to any significant funding.


“Without supports from government these services, for those in Cavan town and the wider region are in jeopardy.


“I am calling on the Minister for Health and his Department to meet with representatives from Cuan, listen to their funding request, and progress their request for funding,” concluded Deputy Smyth.