Welcome to CSF Dordogne-Riberac

Welcome to the Cancer Support France – Dordogne Riberac pages.

Please read on to find out more about our organisation, who we are and what we hope we can do for you.  You can also find out more about our drop in centre(s), read up on the latest news via our regular newsletter, find out how to contact us, how to join in if you wish and how to donate to us.

Cancer Support France - Dordogne Riberac is a voluntary, not for profit, organisation and registered charity covering the South Charente and North Dordogne areas. We are part of the Cancer Support France network of affiliated associations.

We aim to support English speaking people in our area (for details see below) who have been affected in some way by cancer. Our clients include the sufferers themselves and/or their friends and families. All those working on behalf of CSF are volunteers who freely give their time and skills to support our clients, their
families and friends. Their commitment is to provide emotional and/or practical support to enhance the quality of life for every client.

Our Active Listeners – what can they do for you?

You may have heard the term Active Listeners but what are they and how can they help you?

Our Active Listeners are trained to provide:

Emotional Support

  • A safe place for you to offload your feelings, concerns and fears
  • A non-judgmental and unbiased listening ear
  • A way to fight emotional loneliness
  • The opportunity to explore options in order to address your concerns and regain control

Practical Support

  • Information about cancer in general and about local services
  • Assistance with any language barrier you may experience
  • Someone to attend medical appointments with you
  • Someone to act as your representative

Support can be offered face to face (for example home or hospital visits), by telephone or via modern media, whatever suits you.

Our volunteers have received initial and ongoing training so they can respond to each person’s needs with respect and dignity in a confidential environment. In
turn we encourage an environment where all our volunteers are treated with respect.

Do we cover your area?

We cover the south of Department 16 (Charente) including the following main towns of Aubetere, Barbezeiux, and Chalais.

And the north of Department 24 (Dordogne) including the following main towns; Brantome, La Roche Chalais, Nontron, Riberac, and Thivier.

We support clients who have been /are being treated at hospitals in  Angouleme, Bordeaux, Libourne and Perigeux.

If you don’t know if you are in our area, please contact us and if we can’t help, we will guide you to the correct affiliated association.

Our organisation

In order to provide support for clients in our area, we have 15 trained Active Listeners, a drop-in centre supported by numerous volunteers and your committee: 

President

Michael Joyce

Secretary and Training Coordinator

Paula Barker

Treasurer

Tricia West

Minutes Sec. & Membership

Claudia Bowden

Client & Active Listener Coordinator

Pat Ward and Caroline Beecroft

Publicity Officer

Una Downey Taylor

Website Coordinator

Mandy Baker

Events Coordinator

Angela Pitman

 

Elaine O'Mahoney

Debra Bradley