Recovery Haven Kerry Cancer Support house - Corporate Brochure

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We care about you and for you... We are affiliated to the Irish Cancer Society

Contents Chairperson Statement


Manager Statement


Our Services


Brief History


Our Story so far

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Fundraising events


The Future


Voluntary Board of Directors




How can we partner


Our location


Patron Mr Dick Spring

Patron Dr Edmond Harty

MISSION STATEMENT 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.



“There is an enormous feeling of kindness and gentle support that envelopes you as soon as you walk in the door. I have already recommended this service to other cancer patients.” RR(age age 58) 58 Eileen Comerford

Chairperson Statement Recovery Haven Kerry is a tranquil, peaceful, supportive place for those going through a Cancer journey. When a person has a Cancer diagnosis, the whole family is impacted. Our free services are available to all the family, and also the carers, from all over Kerry and beyond. Our like-minded, committed and dedicated volunteers and staff provide the necessary skills to bring unwavering commitment through our services. These Free Services include: • Drop in listening service • Phone support • Support groups • Information evenings • Therapies Exercise classes • • Mindfulness Speciality services • The vision of Recovery Haven Kerry cannot be achieved by hard work alone. Our present services are sustained totally by fundraising events and Donor Support. The future lies not only in trained volunteers but also in investment by Corporate Partners and their staff. Recovery Haven Kerry has grown very fast over the past six years, far beyond our expectations. Corporate Partnership is the core to the sustainability of our free services. I hope you will be inspired to join us, as an esteemed patron, whose financial support will make Recovery Haven Kerry a wonderful reality into the future.



Recovery Haven helped me so much, even when I didn’t think I needed the help. M (age 22) Siobhan Mac Sweeney

Manager Statement Recovery Haven Kerry Cancer Support House opened its door six years ago with an aim to provide support and information services to those with cancer, their families and carers. To date almost 1000 men, women and children have used our services. On average, we are providing 170 appointments for services a month that include counselling, reflexology, massage, wig fitting, yoga classes, mindfulness based stress reduction, bereavement support, men’s and women’s Cancer support groups, exercise classes along with drop-in information, nurse support and phone support. In stressful times, through the support services offered by Recovery Haven Kerry people can reduce the stress caused by dealing with illness and promote their own coping strategies. These services are available to people from all around Kerry and bordering areas. We are aware that while we cannot change the difficult journey families, parents and children face we can do our utmost to be there, provide a safe space for all to be listened to and heard and help give them tools for coping with the difficult situations they experience. Recovery Haven Kerry could not open its doors without a team effort. That includes the volunteers, therapists, staff and the Ballymacelligott employment scheme members. Our services are continually growing. We started in September 2010 in Tralee two days a week; we are now open Monday - Thursday in Tralee and also run outreach clinics twice a month in Killarney and also in Cahersiveen. In 2013, we provided the space for a wig fitting service. Since September 2014 we have been providing counselling services for children and adolescents, those with cancers, children whose parents, grandparents or siblings may have cancer and those bereaved. We were delighted that in October of 2016 the bra and prosthesis fitting service for Kerry residents began running in Recovery Haven. Recent programmes such as ‘Living Life’ has also been provided for those with secondary cancer. On average our team provides 125 hours of drop-in services requiring 276 hours from our volunteers alongside our small number of staff. We are committed to care, compassion and to the community and this shines through every time we open our door! We could not do it without all those who volunteer their services and time and without the financial support from the people of Kerry. Year on year the demands increase so your assistance is vital in helping us continue to provide free cancer support services for the community of Kerry. 4


Our Services Recovery Haven Kerry is a haven of support for people with cancer and their families where they receive information, practical help and emotional support. Cancer is a journey and it is a road that nobody should have to walk alone! For a person with cancer or someone close to the person that has cancer Recovery Haven Kerry offers specialist professional support. The Manager, Siobhan Mac Sweeney, an experienced oncology nurse, supported by an administrator and 140 trained volunteers assist people in coping with the challenges that cancer can bring to their lives. Constructive, practical and emotional support is offered in understanding the landscape of cancer with a view to reducing its stressful impact on people’s lives. People who use our services are offered a space to make sense of the complex emotions and psychological impact a cancer diagnosis can have for people and their families. A range of complimentary therapies are designed to help manage and alleviate the stresses associated with a cancer diagnosis. Those who use the services in ever increasing numbers are central to Recovery Haven Kerry. Their needs are addressed in every way possible. Their views are sought, they are informed, supported and welcomed.

L IS T O F F R E E S E RV IC E S • Bra and prosthesis fitting

• Drop in listening

• Meditation

• Wig clinic

• Beauty therapies

• Tai Chi

• Counselling

• Reiki

• Mindfulness

• Massage

• Reflexology

• Information talks

• Support groups

• Art therapy

• Open days

• Jewellery classes



Marian Barnes, Founder

Dr Des Carney, Oncologist

Brief History It has been said that “great enterprises are not the product of large committees. They are rather the shared concept of a few minds that grasp a fundamental truth and pursue it relentlessly to success”. Marian Barnes, Founder of Recovery Haven Kerry, in her profession as a breast care nurse for many years became increasingly aware of how cancer patients responded to and dealt with the news of a cancer diagnosis. For many it was a traumatic and devastating blow that presented big challenges. Many were faced with a new reality of managing medication and hospital treatment, their emotions were often in turmoil and many became uncertain about the future. Marian was also influenced by Dr. Des Carney, a leading oncologist in the Mater Hospital who shared her vision of the need for psychological and emotional support for patients. He advocated a way that would offer a holistic approach to cancer that would complement and work in tandem with their medical treatment. Marian and some like-minded colleagues realised that a safe space was needed for those living with cancer and set about acquiring a house where those who were adapting to cancer could visit and receive a sensitive and confidential listening ear, share a relaxing cup of tea and avail of therapies that range from massage to counselling and psychotherapy as required. They also realised the importance of having the support and advice of an oncology nurse available.

WHY SUPPORT RECOVERY HAVEN KERRY? • Every 3 minutes in Ireland someone gets a cancer diagnosis, every hour someone dies from cancer. • In Ireland, an average of 40,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year. • In Kerry from 2011-2013, 1,071 new cases of invasive cancer were diagnosed. • By 2020, 1 in 2 people in Ireland will develop cancer during their lifetime. (projected estimate by the Irish Cancer Society) National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) • Irish Cancer Society (ICS) 6


Our story so far... 2009/2010 In 2009, Marian decided to pursue her vision and set up a committee of volunteers whose primary aim was to source funds to purchase a premises. The following year supported by local fundraising a house was purchased at 5 Haigs Terrace, Tralee. Its proximity to Kerry General Hospital was a key factor in selecting this location. Work began on the renovation of the house and the Irish Cancer Society were consulted for advice and guidance. At this stage FAS Community Employment Scheme, began supporting our project, from staff support to maintenance they have been with us all the way. FAS, now Solas, is essential to ongoing maintenance and upkeep of Recovery Haven Kerry. An intensive course for listeners was undertaken and in September 2010 a manager was appointed, administrative staff were provided by FAS and the house was officially opened by patron Dick Spring.

2011 In 2011, working with the support of community groups, Recovery Haven Kerry got involved in many fundraising initiatives county wide. Demand for services continued to increase due to the increased incidence of cancer diagnosis and the funds raised were invested in providing those services.



2012 A relaxation garden was developed in 2012 with support from FAS and an active volunteer garden group. This was to become a very valuable addition to the organisation. It is an inspiration for visitors, staff and volunteers. It confirms that “from darkness and adversity comes light and hope, from gentle nurturing comes the strength to cope with unexpected challenges.�



In order to create awareness and to reach out to the people of Kerry, Recovery Haven, with financial assistance from NEKD, launched “Celebration of Light”. This event consisted of the lighting of candles at eight beaches throughout the county at the same time, bringing hope through solidarity and light to the community.

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2013 In 2013 Recovery Haven were named overall winner of the Kerry Community Awards in recognition of their outstanding cancer support service to the people of Kerry. The centre also won the category for groups with particular needs.

2014 The year 2014 was another eventful year for Recovery Haven Kerry. Services continued to expand and the organisation identified the need for children’s services and the importance of reaching out to the community. The Manager arranged information seminars throughout Kerry and initiated counselling and play therapy for children. Men’s and women’s support groups were established and outreach programmes were set up in Caherciveen and Killarney.

With the proceeds from the Ring of Kerry Cycle an additional premise was purchased to cater for the demand on the organisations services. Administration, fundraising services, some therapies and meetings were transferred to the new premises at 7 Haigs Terrace to maintain the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere that existed in No 5.



2015 Further expansion took place in 2015 with the renovation and extension to No 5 and the upgrading of No’s 5 & 7 to conform with fire and disability access regulations. The development and upgrade were substantially supported by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund. A major accolade was conferred on Recovery Haven Kerry when they were chosen as National Winner of the Dairymaster Rural Innovation Awards. To be recognised nationally and having competed with some serious competition was an amazing achievement.

2016 During 2016 it was a challenge to maintain the increasing demand for our services. The addition of the Bra and Prosthesis Fitting Services complemented our Wig Fitting Service. During this year we expanded Children’s Support Services as well as our Killarney Outreach Service, with plans for a new Outreach Service in Killorglin.

“It’s good to know there is someone there when you feel all alone.” J (age 36)




AWARDS National Finalists of the All Ireland Business Awards 2017

Members of The Wheel Community & Voluntary Organisations

Finalists Kerry Community Awards 2017 RECOVERY HAVEN KERRY


At Recovery Haven, every room has a story. In each of the rooms there is a strong sense of connection to people who have used our services e.g. a local artist painted door signs, incorporating the flower that the room is called after. Another service user painted some oil paintings of the appropriate flower for each room. John Flaherty, an Artist based in Annascaul donated the sketch in the Daffodil Room. We also have wall hangings created for us by a local community group.

Pat Morris a foreman carpenter with the OPW designed and built the library. His wife Geraldine was a patient of Marian Barnes. Pat acquired timber from Cahill’s, Dooneen, Castleisland. He seasoned the sycamore, leaving it to dry for six weeks, then took it home to his workshop to cut, shape and transform into what is today our magnificent, atmospheric library. Padraig Kennelly was so impressed with our library that he donated a copy of his famous book. 12


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The Future The Board of Directors drew up a three year plan whose brief was governed by the following: • The values, mission and vision of Recovery Haven Kerry. • Effective and efficient management. • Maximum participation across all areas of the organisation. • Provision of a road map for the future of the organisation.

Weeshie Fogarty - Broadcasting Terrace Talk from Recovery Haven Kerry

Kerry legends attending Radio Kerry broadcast. (L to R: Ogie Moran, Darragh O’Shea, Ger Power, Mikie Sheehy, Eoin Liston, Sean Walsh and Ger O’Keeffe) 14


Voluntary Board of Directors Directors:

Ms Marian Barnes

Ms Sheila Fitzgerald

Ms Deirdre O’Mahoney

Ms Eileen Comerford

Ms Elizabeth Mannix

Mr Michael Maher

Ms Eileen McKenna

Mr John Flynn

Ms Tracy Bolger

Mr John Healy


Mr Dermot Crowley

Companies Number:


Charity Number:

CHY 18974

Charities Regulatory Authority Number:


Revenue Number:


Registered Office and Principal Address:

5 Haigs Terrace,

Killerisk Road,


Co. Kerry

Recovery Haven Kerry is a volunteer led service. T H E D I R E C TO R S A N D V O L U N T E E R S A R E I N R E C E I P T O F N O R E M U N E R AT I O N F O R T H E I R S E RV I C E S.



Statistics from December 1st 2010 – March 30th 2017


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Graph demonstrates an increase of 86% between 2011 and 2016

VOLUNTEERS Recovery Haven Kerry Total of 140 Various Volunteer roles

SERVICE USERS 985 clients registered with the service from December 1st 2010 – March 30th 2017

* This does not include people who were not registered but still used the service for various projects such as talks/presentations/house events etc. 16


How can we partner? FUNDRAISE Challenge your organisation through employee fundraising. Employees working together with Recovery Haven Kerry will enhance staff morale and team spirit. From bake sales to table quizzes to dances and fun family days, the possibilities are endless.

CORPORATE GIFT A corporate gift is a wonderful way to help Recovery Haven Kerry directly provide our free services. Being able to provide a relaxing reflexology treatment to someone going through chemotherapy or a massage to a person caring for a sick partner is immense. The benefits of providing people with the tools to cope with illness, through counselling or art therapy is invaluable. We can continue to provide free services with your help.

DONATE A variety of packages are available. For more information please call 066 7192122.

MATCH GIVING Match an employee’s donation, thereby recognising and rewarding employee’s efforts on behalf of Recovery Haven Kerry.

CAMPAIGN Help us raise awareness of cancer prevention and recognition of symptoms. The earlier a person is diagnosed the better the outcome. We can help your organisation directly through providing stands and talks on cancer awareness and prevention. We can also be a referral option as part of your employee assistance programmes as a source of support for your employees that may be dealing with cancer in their lives or within their families.

VOLUNTEER Recovery Haven Kerry is a volunteer based organisation. Giving of time, skills and creativity can make a huge difference to Recovery Haven Kerry.

To make donations use Paypal, Everyday Hero and Just Giving. For more information call 066 7192122. (See our contact details on the back of this brochure).



Our Location...

DIRECTIONS Recovery Haven Kerry Cancer Support House is located in 5 Haigs Terrace, Killerisk, Tralee, Co. Kerry. GPS Co-ordinates: Tralee Latitude: 52.2641334 Longitude: -9.681771099999992 In Killarney we also have an outreach service, located in The Reeks, Killarney. GPS Co-ordinates: Killarney Latitude: 52.06829646960055 Longitude: -9.517416060403434

“Everybody at Recovery Haven have always been very kind and welcoming. I thank every one of them, they have been very good to me.” M (age 70)



KERRY Cancer Support House

We care about you and for you...

We appeal to companies to consider nominating Recovery Haven Kerry as their charity of choice to ensure that we can continue to expand and develop our services to those who have been touched by cancer. Recovery Haven Kerry, 5 Haigs Terrace, Killerisk,

CHY Number: 18974

Tralee, Co. Kerry

Revenue Number: 9719150G

Tel: 066 7192122

PATRONS: Mr Dick Spring and Dr Edmond Harty

Fax: 066 7192634

We qualify under section 848A Taxes Consolidation

Email: Opening hours:

Act 1997 Watch our videos on:

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 10am to 4pm

Wednesday: 10am to 7pm

Ring Of Kerry

Charity Cycle

‘Cook for


’ book

‘Terrace Talk’

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