Help Macmillan in Monmouthshire celebrate our first birthday!



Macmillan Cancer Support and Monmouthshire Libraries and Information Service have been working together to offer information to people affected by cancer in their local communities.

Available in the six libraries across the county, the service gives direct access to good quality information and support to people living with and after cancer, their family, friends and carers and health and social care professionals. There are also monthly ‘drop in’ information sessions in each library and a timetable is available on the Monmouthshire County Council website or from your local library.

The service will be one year old in July and everyone is invited to come along to help us celebrate.

Erica Sheppard, the Macmillan in Monmouthshire Support and Information Coordinator said;

“We are staging two special events, each with a different feel, and everyone is welcome to come along to meet us, look at the Macmillan areas, discover more about the great things that are happening in Monmouthshire’s local libraries and to find out more about what we are doing to try to support people affected by cancer across the county”.

Wednesday 4th July, 11am-3pm at Abergavenny Library.

The programme for this event is informal. There will be an introduction from Susan Morris, General Manager for Macmillan inWales, followed by a short welcome from Ann Jones, Libraries, Museums and Arts Manager. These will be followed by a shared reading by Angela Macmillan of The Reader Organisation and the launch of a new anthology for young people.

Libraries have been developing a programme of shared reading, where the group leader reads aloud to a group of people, in the library, at a residential home, mental health setting or care home. We have been working alongside The Reader Organisation, which has been leading a ‘reading revolution’ to encourage reading aloud and to assess the therapeutic benefits of this. Angela Macmillan has been working with groups in the north ofEnglandand has developed an anthology of prose and poetry to use with shared reading groups and will launch an new anthology for children, at this event.

Friday 6th July 2pm-4pm at Caldicot Library.

There will be displays and information from various local health organisations at this event including Headstrong, Sight Support and Gwent Cancer Support. There will be a short introduction from a senior Macmillan professional, which will be followed by a welcome from Fiona Ashley, Community Librarian. Staff will then lead a shared reading session and then there is an opportunity for people to browse the stalls. The Tuesday ‘knit and natter’ group will also be on hand to demonstrate how to knit and show some of the items they have made.

Refreshments will be available at both events and an opportunity to look at the new Macmillan areas in each library.

There will also be a free cancer ‘drop in’ information session on Wednesday 25th July at Abergavenny Library, 10am -12pm and 2pm -4.30pm. These sessions are for anyone who wants cancer information, a friendly chat or just more information about the Macmillan in Monmouthshire project.

For more details about the events or the Macmillan in Monmouthshire please email or pop into your local library.

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