Successful Massage For People Living With Cancer training courses
Iris delivered two 3 day Massage For People Living with Cancer training weekends with Gayle MacDonald in June and is pleased to report that 49 students successfully completed the training.
The Edinburgh course had students from Arran, Thurso, London, and many parts of the North East and Central belt. Glasgow was a new location for the course - the places were filled quickly and students came from far and wide including Thurso, The Hebrides, Oban and Dumfries and Galloway.
This is great news as the NW Highlands and Islands and Dumfries and Galloway are areas that Iris has targeted following the Iris Scottish Scoping Survey findings that there was insufficient massage provision for people living with cancer in these areas. Iris is committed to working to develop services in these areas, in partnership with other cancer support services. Having more therapists from these areas trained in the Iris 3 day course will help that aim.
Many of the students are applying to join the Iris Volunteer Massage Therapist Scheme, which is starting in August this year. This initiative is funded by the Voluntary Action Fund and will comprise Iris 3 day trained therapists volunteering to provide massage for people living with cancer for a few hours per week for a year in cancer support settings across Scotland. The volunteer therapist will receive support and supervision, can claim travel expenses and access in-service training.
Iris is also fundraising to be able to offer some paid service provision in key settings in Scotland, identified through the Iris Scottish Scoping Survey findings.