Since opening in 2010, the demand for services provided by Recovery Haven Kerry has increased substantially. In 2018 we have seen at least a 30% increase in overall attendances. The ongoing support of the ROKCC is vital in helping us keep our doors open and allow us to ensure we can continue to provide free support services for those individuals and families living under the shadow of a cancer diagnosis.
In 2009 a voluntary group including those who had personal experience of cancer and health care professionals came together to try and address the needs of those in our community living with cancer. Recovery Haven Kerry became a reality and opened its doors in September 2010. Our mission is to ‘deliver caring and therapeutic services to those who have experienced cancer, their families and carers in a tranquil and relaxing environment and to the highest standard’. Between 2013-15 2,325 invasive cancers were diagnosed in Kerry (Irish Cancer Registry).
We are here to offer a drop in service to those dealing with the diagnosis and their families members who would like to talk or to seek advice. We offer confidential listening and emotional support and no appointment is needed. More and more people are living with and beyond cancer and in Ireland 170,000 people are doing exactly that! However, evidence is showing that the impact of cancer goes far beyond treatment of the illness and can have far reaching impact on a person’s life after completion of treatment. Recovery Haven Kerry is here to listen, we provide the one to one therapies and run the various group activities all aimed at meeting the individuals needs at a period in their lives and helping them feel better, be better, think better and live a healthy life with their family in their community.
Attending Recovery Haven has helped me feel less anxious. I do not feel as isolated and alone. It was great to have someone I could talk to and trust them.
It has meant that I accept myself; the way I deal with every issue/feeling that will occur in my life. Getting assurance on how I have dealt with illness and recovery has released me, to be me.