In addition to raising community awareness about the disease, the service will provide one-on-one support to men with prostate cancer and their families.
The charity aims to recruit volunteers whose lives have been affected by prostate cancer. Those using the service will be individually matched with a volunteer based on that volunteer’s personal experiences.
The launch of the service follows a 2005 review by the charity that identified a need for support among prostate cancer patients in Scotland. The Big Lottery Fund provided a three-year grant of £153,000 to fund the programme, which is also supported by £30,000 of The Prostate Cancer Charity’s own money.
“When my husband was diagnosed, I would have liked to talk with someone who had been through the same experience, and at that time there was no one in Scotland as far as we were aware,” said Willina Steel, a volunteer with the charity. “If I can be of assistance to another man or carer in any way, either with information or just to be there to listen, then I think it can only be a good thing.”