A LEADING cancer charity has launched a new information hub for people affected by the disease in the heart of the city.
Macmillan Cancer Support, in conjunction with Coventry City Council, has established the hub at Central Library as the first of many to be set up in libraries around the city over the coming months.
The project – the first of its kind in Coventry – aims to take quality cancer information into the heart of local communities to ensure that everyone, regardless of where they live or the language they speak, has access to the information they need.
Although the charity already runs a cancer information and support centre at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW), this will build on that service and see hub stocked with Macmillan booklets and CDs at Foleshill, Tile Hill, Bell Green and Willenhall libraries, in addition to the hub at Central library.
Ceri Brettle, Macmillan Library Service Co-ordinator, says the project hopes to tackle the problem that often people don’t know where to turn for support.
She added: “When you or someone you know is diagnosed with cancer, it can be a very scary and confusing time.
“Even though there is now a lot of information about cancer online, not everyone has access to the internet and some people struggle to navigate the huge amount of material out there.
“We want to ensure that everyone in Coventry gets access to quality information they can trust.
“Cancer information shouldn’t only be available in hospitals and GP surgeries.
“By taking our resources out into the heart of the community, we’re aiming to reach even more people in Coventry who need our help.”
The Macmillan Coventry Library Information Service is a result of a partnership between Macmillan and Coventry City Council, officially launched in 2013, it is the first example in the country of the charity working with a local authority in this way.